Dublin’s Bridge Park new model for sub­urbs

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Marla Matzer Rose

Dublin’s Bridge Park has been un­der con­struc­tion for sev­eral years, and will re­main so for prob­a­bly an­other four or five. But it al­ready has be­come a bit of a mecca for de­vel­op­ers and city plan­ners.

Once a week on av­er­age, a group comes to tour the still-de­vel­op­ing, 30-acre mixed-use project at River­side Drive and Rt. 161 and talk to those in­volved about how they did it.

“That’s just the ones we know about,” said Brent Craw­ford, a prin­ci­pal and founder of Bridge Park de­vel­oper Craw­ford Hoy­ing. “Some we find out about af­ter the fact, that this or that group was here tak­ing a look around.”

It would be hard to repli­cate Bridge Park ex­actly, Craw­ford said. His com­pany’s plans and the avail­abil­ity of an ideal site dove­tailed seam­lessly with the city of Dublin coming to the re­al­iza­tion that it needed to evolve from a typ­i­cal, car-cen­tric sub­urb to re­main vi­tal. The city was able and will­ing to help fund in­fra­struc­ture work around the site.

The re­sult is a minid­own­town that seemed to emerge overnight.

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