Ohio University and Dublin are putting the finishing touches on plans that envision the city's last big expanse of undeveloped land evolving into a bustling district of people studying, researching, inventing, working and living.
What Dublin calls its West Innovation District currently is 1,100 acres that is mostly farmland, with the four buildings of Ohio University's medical campus at its center. If plans pan out over the next 30 to 50 years, that acreage could be packed with research facilities, offices, parks, light manufacturing and homes — but not the classic Dublin four-bedroom, three-car-garage variety.
For folks who relish planning at that scale, this might be the last chance to do so in Dublin.
"The blank slate that we have to play with there is really interesting," said Colleen Gilger, Dublin's director of economic development. "Nowhere else in Dublin do we have this large a piece of undeveloped land for us to vision. This is it. This is as far as Dublin will go."
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