Proposed Northpoint development in CW changes

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

A trio of Community Reinvestment Agreements bundled into one ordinance were given the green light by Canal Winchester City Council.

“This would authorize the city to enter into three separate CRA agreements,” said Development Director Lucas Haire during council’s Jan. 2 meeting.

The Northpoint Development project contains three buildings that previously appeared as a two building development at Rager and Bixby roads at a 15-year, 100 percent real estate abatement. In 2019, the city adopted a resolution approving the initial CRA agreements with Northpoint. In 2022, the agreements were amended.

“Plans have since changed for that development,” said Haire during a Dec. 4 council work session.

Today, the agreement calls for a 15-year, 75 percent real estate abatement for two 263,000 square foot buildings and one 435,000 square foot building.

“The developer is committing to investing $12.5 million on each of those buildings, creating 100 jobs with a total payroll of $4.5 million,” said Haire. “That’s for each of those buildings.”

The third building Northpoint is proposing is a $20.5 million investment generating 150 jobs with a $6.77 million payroll.

Organizational meeting
During an organizational meeting held prior to the council meeting and work session, Will Bennett was elected president and Laurie Amick was elected vice president.

Bennett joined fellow newly elected representatives Alec McLaughlin and Richard Moore, Steve Buskirk and Mayor Joe Steager during individual oath of office ceremonies at the start of the meeting.

McLaughlin, Moore and Jill Amos comprised the Rules Committee. McLaughlin is the council’s Chamber of Commerce representative. Moore is serving as Human Services representative, Buskirk is a Destination:Canal Winchester board member, and Amick is serving as the council’s Industry and Commerce Corporation representative.

Amos and Shea return to their positions as council representatives on the Joint Recreation District board.

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