Red Cross blood drives
The Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 121 W. Mulberry St., in Lancaster, will hold the following blood drives (for information call (740) 687-5585):
•March 1 – Bloodmobile at the Pickerington Christian Church, 575 Diley Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone 302-561-4662 to schedule an appointment. Open to the public and walk-ins welcome.
•March 13 – Bloodmobile at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 1860 Winderly Lane, Pickerington, from 1-7 p.m. Phone 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment; walk-ins welcome.
POP Community Center for the Arts, 895 Old Diley Road in Pickerington, will offer the following classes through the American Safety and Health Institute:
•CPR/AED in the Community and Workplace on March 8 at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes a two year certification for your work in the community or our workplace.
•First Aid in the Community and Workplace on March 8 at 1 p.m. Includes a three year certification. Fee is $25, however, if both the CPR and First Aid are taken on the same day, the fee for both classes is $40. Blood borne pathogens can be included for $5. Register by March 6 at 833-940 for either or both classes.
Christine Pelosi, author of "Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders," will offer the keynote address during Celebrate Women, a day-long conference held in recognition of Women’s History Month at Ohio University-Lancaster Campus March 7. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with Pelosi speaking at 10:30 a.m.
Auditor of State Mary Taylor will deliver a luncheon keynote address at Ohio University Pickerington Center’s Celebrate Women conference, to be held on March 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The cost per conference, including lunch, is $25. Anyone choosing to attend both conferences will pay $40. Students may attend at $20 per conference or $35 for both days.
For information or to register for the event, call 654-6711 or 888-446-4468, ext. 624, or visit www.lancaster.ohiou.edu.
Sycamore Crossing to break ground in spring
Plans are underway for a 90 acre Fairfield County industrial and office park providing a campus setting for growing businesses in the U.S. Route 33 corridor of Violet Township.
The new business park, Sycamore Crossing, takes its name from the creek that borders the development. It is located on Basil Western Road along U.S. Route 33, with highway access at the U.S. Route 33 and Hill/Diley Road interchange.
The park features flexible land use for parcels ranging in size from 2 to 60 acres and zoning for light industrial, office and other commercial applications, including space for a 20 acre office park. There’s no corporate or personal municipal income tax for businesses and development standards and deed restrictions are in place to ensure high quality development and help guarantee property values. All utilities to the site are provided by Fairfield County Utilities. An enterprise zone tax abatement is availability.
Managing partners Michael Arcari and John McGory believe the growth of Fairfield County and the location of the park will make it a success.
"Our target market is small to mid-sized, owner-occupied facilities that need a place to grow," said Arcari. "With an average yearly growth rate of 5 percent in the Route 33-Pickerington-Canal Winchester area, our plan is to provide the expanding market an attractive campus setting for development. Smaller businesses have been overlooked in central Ohio marketing efforts. Sycamore Crossing will be geared to their needs and we will assist them throughout the development and building process."
Zoning for the business park was approved by the Violet Township trustees in January. The M-2 zoning allows for a wide range of uses. Arcari said the development will target light manufacturing, service and office uses.
Arcari cited other nearby projects, such as the planned Mount Carmel/Fairfield Medical hospital and office complex and the soon-to-be-completed Meijer store, as examples of others capitalizing on the area growth. Cincinnati developer KCDG has also announced a new 350,000 square foot commercial retail power center to start construction in the Diley Road area later this year.
McGory said the unique feature of the project is the combination of centralized water and sewer and no corporate or personal municipal income tax on companies and their employees locating at Sycamore Crossing.
"Fairfield County has spent millions of dollars over the past decade developing a utility system along the Route 33 corridor to help encourage economic development. Since our property is zoned and located in the unincorporated area, companies are not subject to municipal income tax. This represents a tremendous benefit to both company owners and employees," said McGory.
Sycamore Crossing will promote a business campus look by providing development standards and deed restrictions for buyers. McGory said this will help the park maintain its value over time.
"Sycamore Crossing will be a well-maintained business neighborhood. Buyers will be able to choose their own builders but we will require them to go through an architectural review process to ensure quality building product in the park," said McGory.
The managing partners are expecting a spring 2008 ground breaking. They are presently negotiating with several companies considering locating in the park.
Arcari indicated their marketing effort would be coordinated with the Fairfield 33 Development Alliance regional marketing initiative.
"We believe the 33 corridor has a lot to offer new and expanding businesses, and working together with other organizations in the area is the best way to make that happen," said Arcari.
Pickerington Garden Club
Fairfield County Historical Parks Commission Director David John Fey will present "Our Fairfield County Parks" at the Pickerington Garden Club meeting on March 19 at 1 p.m. in the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way. For information call Barbara Kochick at (614) 837-3951 or Anna Weber at (614) 833-2358.
VTWL style show
The Violet Township Women’s League (VTWL) will host its ninth annual style show and luncheon on April 19 at Tall Timbers Banquet and Conference Center in Reynoldsburg. The event benefits the VTWL Community Scholarship Fund. This year the VTWL will award two $2,500 scholarships. For information call (614) 837-5172 or (614) 837-6995 or visit http://vtwl.tripod.com