ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT E-NEWSLETTER
SECOND QUARTER 2016
LETTER FROM THE MAYOR
Mayor Lee A. Gray
Council and my Administrative Team are continuously working to enhance and improve our relationship with the business community.  One of the ways we are trying to better connect is through the City of Pickerington’s Economic Development E-Newsletter.

These electronic updates will be sent quarterly and used to keep you informed on news and developments which relate specifically to you, the business community. Be sure to watch for information on road projects, business updates, new developments, and much more!

If you have any questions or are experiencing any issues with the City, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My door is always open.

Wishing you a safe and fun summer!
NEWS
NEW CONSTRUCTION
Construction has begun on a number of new projects in the City of Pickerington. 
  • Spectrum Retirement Communities, LLC recently broke ground on a new assisted living facility at the northwest corner of Windmiller Drive and Diley Road on a five acre parcel. This $18 million facility will employ an estimated 50 full-time people and will have 132 units. Construction is anticipated to be complete by summer 2017.
  • Zettler Hardware is in the process of constructing a new hardware store at the corner of Postage Drive and Hill Road North. The store will offer a variety of home improvement goods and is expected to open late fall of 2016.

In addition to the aforementioned projects, a number of existing spaces will see significant reinvestment.

  • The Shoppes at Turnberry was recently acquired by NorthStar Realty, a local development company. NorthStar Realty intends to upgrade the exterior of the property to match Hunter’s Ridge shopping plaza. Construction is set to begin later this summer.
  • The former Uno’s Pizzeria at 1720 Hill Road North will be replaced by Red Robin. Red Robin, known for its gourmet burgers and brews, will begin renovations in late summer with an anticipated opening date sometime in late fall or early winter.
  • Kroger intends to demolish the former Sears Hardware space. In its place, Kroger will construct a drive-thru pharmacy with two stations and a by-pass lane. To the south of the pharmacy will be four designated parking spaces for grocery pick-up. Construction is anticipated to begin in late summer 2016 and be completed by the end of the year.

COLUMBUS CEO MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT
The City of Pickerington was recently featured in the July edition of the Columbus CEO Magazine. This special supplement highlights the City's economic development initiatives, the quality of life the residents and businesses enjoy, the many advantages of living and working in Pickerington and the efforts to support regional activities.

If you haven't seen the supplement, please click here to read.
CONGRESSMAN STEVE STIVERS TO HOST DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS IN PICKERINGTON
Congressman Steve Stivers will be hosting District Office Hours at the City of Pickerington from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on August 15. Please see the flyer for additional information.
LINKEDIN
The City of Pickerington's Economic Development Department is pleased to announce its presence on LinkedIn.

According to Mayor Lee A. Gray, “LinkedIn is a great way to engage our business community beyond traditional means of communication like email. It allows us to provide useful information to a broad range of people in an efficient manner.”

Follow the City of Pickerington’s LinkedIn page here. Additional news is available on the department’s site.
                
  CHAMBER UPDATE

The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce has recently undergone an office move and is temporarily located at 107 W. Columbus Street on the second floor of the MMA Insurance building in Olde Pickerington Village.
 
PACC has several exciting events on the horizon, including Restaurant Week, which will showcase the many fabulous restaurants that can be found right here in Pickerington and encourage residents to try some new eateries.  Also coming up, will be the opportunity to choose the “Best of Pickerington” at the 1st Annual Pizza Wars competition.

The Pickerington Area Chamber is currently developing its Mission, Vision, and Values statements, and is actively working to make known the many benefits and services it has to offer to the local business community. 
FARMERS MARKET
The Olde Pickerington Farmers’ Market is in its fourth season! Located at 89 North Center Street in Olde Pickerington Village, vendors offer a variety of produce, meats,  baked goods, crafts, and much more.

The Farmers’ Market will continue each Thursday, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. through September 29. For additional information on the Farmer's Market please click here.  
NEW BUSINESS/BUSINESS UPDATES
The City would like to welcome the following new businesses to the Pickerington community:

  • Wellsprings Infusion has opened at 527 Hill Rd N. 
  • In June, Always Follow Your Arrow opened at 18 E Columbus St. The shop feature a variety of vintage, handmade, and shabby chic home furnishings as well as fashion accessories. 
  • Located at 1510 Stonecreek Dr S, Ohio Made is Central Ohio's newest destination for unique and locally-sourced gifts, foods, and wearables. Everything in the store is produced by Ohio makers and artists.
  • Bandit Choppers is now an authorized U-Haul Dealer with both local and one way trucks available at the 1188 Hill Rd N store location.

The following businesses have moved to new locations within the City of Pickerington:

  • Sprint recently relocated to 1218 Hill Rd N inside the Sherman Center.
  • Concord Mortgage Group is now located at 49 Hill Rd N.
POLICE & FIRE
POLICE

Each year over $1 billion of personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles. As the warm summer weather continues, everyone should take steps to ensure their vehicle and its contents are secured from potential theft.

Often people will leave personal items in their vehicles. Items such as electronics, tools, money and guns should not be left visible in vehicles. Even a locked vehicle will not detour thieves from trying to obtain these items. Below are some tips to help safeguard your car:

  • Lock windows and doors
  • Always park in a well lit area
  • Keep valuables out of plain view (the trunk is a good place to keep electronics, shopping bags and other valuables)
  • Never leave firearms in a vehicle
  • Change garage door remotes if one is taken from a vehicle

Finally, report all suspicious activity to the Pickerington Police Department by calling (614) 575-6911.

FIRE

The Violet Township Fire Department (VTFD) has been providing service to the City of Pickerington and Violet Township community for over 75 years. In that time, it has grown from an all-volunteer organization into a combination department consisting of 53 full-time, 31 part-time, and 3 volunteer members that staff three stations 24 hours per day/365 days per year. Daily staffing ranges from 12-17 personnel, with a Battalion Chief who provides daily operational oversight for each crew. The Administrative Staff includes the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief, and an Executive Assistant.

The VTFD responds to all types of hazards such as fires, Emergency Medical Service, rescue, and hazardous materials incidents. In 2015, 82% of the 5,144 runs that were made were EMS related. A number of community outreach programs are also offered by the Fire Department including CPR instruction, First Aid, Fire Inspections, and car seat installation.  

Station Locations:

  • Station 591 – 21 Lockville Rd, Pickerington
  • Station 592 – 8700 Refugee Rd, Violet Township
  • Station 593 – 2365 Taylor Park Dr, Reynoldsburg

For questions regarding Violet Township Fire Department’s services or programs, please call 614-837-4123. 

CONTACT THE  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Liberty Schindel
Director
(614) 641-2436
lschindel@pickerington.net


Phyllicia Faieta
Development Services Specialist
(614) 833-2204
pfaieta@pickerington.net
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