In 2012, Bexley City Council authorized the creation of the Bexley Community Improvement Corporation, a development agent of the City of Bexley. In early 2013, the Mayor will be submitting a proposal for appointees to the CIC's board of directors, subject to approval by Bexley City Council.
Pursuant to Chapter 1724 of the Ohio Revised Code, Community Improvement Corporations (CICs) can be formed and designated as a city development agency to "advance, encourage and promote the industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of a community or area". The intent of the Bexley CIC is to form an empowered board of directors to advance the development goals of the City in a way that leverages the City's resident development talent and increases the ability of the City to be flexible and proactive in its development efforts.
Eligible employers may receive an annual cash incentive for creating office jobs in the city of Bexley. The cash payment is calculated based on withholding taxes from eligible new employees who pay Bexley City Income Tax, and can be for up to 50% for six (6) years. An “eligible new employee” is defined as a full-time or full-time equivalent, non-retail, private sector employee. Employers must create a minimum of five (5) new jobs over the lesser of the term of the incentive or three years. To be eligible for this incentive, a full-time position, or FTE position, must pay a minimum of $12.00 per hour.
Employers New to Bexley
• For leased space, up to two (2) years less than the lease term, not to exceed six (6) years.
• For owner-occupied space, up to six (6)years.
Existing Bexley Employers
For expansion in existing space (whether leased or owned):
• 5-29 new employees, up to one (1) year.
• 30 or more new employees, up to two (2) years.
For expansion into newly leased or newly owner-occupied space:
• Leased space: Up to two (2) years less than the lease term, not to exceed six (6) years.
• Owner-occupied space: Up to six (6) years
The company may be required to maintain operations in the City of Bexley for a period which is twice the term of the incentive.
All incentives must be negotiated with the Bexley Development Office and City Council.
Community Reinvestment Area Program
The City of Bexley offers real property tax abatement at various amounts for varying periods of time in two of its commercial districts.
Main Street Property Tax Abatements
The Main Street Redevelopment District offers abatements of up to 100% for up to 15 years on newly constructed or renovated mixed use projects. Property tax abatements on commercial portions of projects require City Council approval on a project-by-project basis prior to the commencement of construction.
New residential projects within the Main Street Community Reinvestment Area are eligible for abatements. The level of abatements provided is scaled based upon the average investment per unit. Residential development is automatically eligible for abatement based upon the following schedule:
• Investment of $250,000 per unit or less: 15 Year Abatement at 100%
• Minimum Average Investment of $250,000 per unit: 15 Year Abatement Average at 70%
North Cassady Avenue Property Tax Abatements
The Cassady-Delmar Redevelopment Area offers abatements for commercial and residential projects at the following terms*.
• Residential Remodeling:
50% abatement for 5 years on increase in value
• Commercial Remodeling: 75% abatement for 10 years on increase in value
• Residential New Construction: 50% abatement for 10 years
• Commercial New Construction: 75% abatement for 10 years
Mixed-Use New Construction: 75% abatement for 12 years
*Property tax abatements on commercial portions of projects require City Council approval on a project-by-project basis prior to the commencement of construction.
Case Studies: Properties That Have Benefitted from Bexley Property Tax Abatements
• Bexley Gateway Mixed-Use Development
• One Dawson Luxury Condominiums
• The Shoppes at Bexley
• The Bexley Chase Building
The City of Bexley has an active TIF program in place along Main Street. This program allows the city to assist developers with infrastructure improvements to the right-of-way, as well as helping to improve the city's right-of-way all along Main Street.
TIF programs can also be utilized to assist redevelopment on Livingston Avenue and North Cassady Avenue on an ad-hoc basis. If you're interested in how TIF can be used to help your proposed Bexley development, please contact the Mayor's Office.
For more information regarding Tax Increment Financing in Ohio, see this OSU fact sheet.
In a corner of our Bexley community, tucked away behind (and only accessible from) Livingston Avenue, is a neighborhood of 19 duplexes and a 72-unit apartment development that front onto Ferndale and Mayfield Avenues. These apartments were developed in the 1960s, on a piece of land that had formerly been used as a landfill.
History of the Ferndale/Mayfield area, and the City's efforts to improve it
• 1920s: Portions of the area that is currently Ferndale/Mayfield was operated as a private landfill
• 1930s: The former landfill closed, and the site was vacant
• 1960s: 108 apartment units, distributed throughout 21 buildings, are developed on the former landfill
• 2003: The Southwest Bexley Master Plan (link) calls for the potential redevelopment of Ferndale and Mayfield, and calls for connecting the streets to Sheridan Avenue via a Charles Street extension.
• 2000's: The City of Bexley purchases or is gifted with several parcels just north of Ferndale and Mayfield. Environmental tests of the sites indicate contamination with lead and arsenic.
• 2000's: The Bexley Community Garden is installed on City-owned property in the area, with garden plots receiving remediation and follow-up testing to ensure safe soil conditions.
• 2011: The Bexley Land Use Strategy (link) calls for stabilization of Ferndale and Mayfield, greater connectivity to the area, and potential redevelopment
• 2013: The Bexley Strategic Plan (link) reiterates the recommendations of the Southwest Bexley Master Plan and the Bexley Land Use Strategy, and expresses the need to protect residents in the area from displacement outside of Bexley, by exploring and providing alternative affordable housing arrangements.
• 2013: The Bexley Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) is created, in part to assist with redevelopment in the Ferndale and Mayfield area.
• 2015: Bexley City Council and the Bexley CIC agree upon a program to begin assemblage of apartment properties at Ferndale and Mayfield.
• 2017: The updated Southwest Bexley Strategic Framework expounds upon options for Ferndale and Mayfield, calling for further environmental exploration, conceptualizing recreational uses in the area, and reiterating the need to protect residents in the area from displacement.
• Late 2017: The Bexley Community Improvement Corporation purchases two apartment doubles on Ferndale, and begins environmental testing to ascertain any environmental conditions that may negatively impact human health.
• May, 2017: The Bexley Community Improvement Corporation receives full environmental test results and a report from an environmental risk assessor. Based on the results of the report, the CIC creates a tenant relocation package and rent voucher program for residents of the CIC's property to ensure healthy living conditions, and to assist with continued Bexley residency for households with children in the Bexley City School District.
In 2018 Pandey Environmental LLC. conducted a Phase I Environmental Study (link) on behalf of the City of Bexley within those areas either owned by the City, or which where accessible via the City's Public right-of-way.
ORDINANCE 52-12: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO INCORPORATE BEXLEY COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION AND DESIGNATING BEXLEY COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION AS THE AGENCY OF THE CITY FOR THE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, DISTRIBUTION AND RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY.
WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 1724 of the Ohio Revised Code, community improvement corporations can be formed to advance, encourage and promote the industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of a community or area; and
WHEREAS, a municipal corporation may designate a community improvement corporation as its agency for the industrial, commercial, distribution and research development in the municipal corporation when the legislative authority of the municipal corporation has determined that the policy of the municipal corporation is to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of its inhabitants through the designation of the community improvement corporation as such agency;
WHEREAS, Council wishes for the City to have a community improvement corporation known as Bexley Community Improvement Corporation (“Bexley CIC”) to serve as the City’s agency for the industrial, commercial, distribution and research development activities of the City; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Bexley, County of Franklin, State of Ohio:
Section 1. Council hereby determines that the formation of Bexley CIC will advance, encourage and promote the industrial, economic, commercial and civic development of the City of Bexley.
Section 2. The Mayor is hereby directed and authorized to prepare Articles of Incorporation to be submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State for the formation of a non‐profit corporation under the name of Bexley Community Improvement Corporation, with said corporation to be formed pursuant to Chapter 1724 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Section 3. Upon completion of the preparation of said Articles of Incorporation, the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute said Articles of Incorporation and to submit said Articles of Incorporation to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office along with the appropriate filing fee of $125 payable to the Ohio Secretary of State, which is hereby appropriated for such purpose.
Section 4. The Mayor is hereby authorized and directed to prepare such initial Code of Regulations as may be required for Bexley CIC in compliance with Title 17 of the Ohio Revised Code, including, but not limited to, Chapter 1724 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Section 5. Council hereby determines that the policy of the City is to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of its inhabitants through the designation of Bexley CIC as its agency for the industrial, commercial, distribution and research development in the City.
Section 6. Upon Bexley CIC receiving its certificate from the State of Ohio evidencing the filing of its articles of incorporation, Bexley CIC shall be, without further action, designated as the agency of the City for the industrial, commercial, distribution, and research development in the City pursuant to Revised Code Section 1724.10. Ordinance 52-12 1.
Section 7. Council hereby authorizes and directs the Mayor, the City Auditor, and/or any other City official, as appropriate, to sign any other documents, instruments or certificates and to take such actions as are necessary or appropriate to form Bexley CIC and establish it is as the agency of the City for the industrial, commercial, distribution, and research development in the City.
Section 8. It is hereby found and determined that all formal actions of this Council concerning and relating to the passage of this Ordinance were taken in an open meeting of this Council, and that all deliberations of this Council and any decision making bodies of the City that resulted in such formal actions were in meetings open to the public and in compliance with all legal requirements.
Section 9. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.
2021 Public Meeting Dates
Public meeting dates are subject to change.
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