Why would a thriving suburb that ranks among the top US cities (to live or do business in) want to rethink 50 years of success? Dublin’s excellent schools and quality of life brought dramatic growth between 1960 and 2010 and turned the city into an employment powerhouse in suburban Columbus. Yet shifting demographics suggested trouble ahead: an aging population, shrinking household sizes, and a growing desire among educated young professionals to live and work in walkable, “main street” settings.
Our team helped residents examine the issues, evaluate options, and develop solutions that would protect what they loved about their city while preparing it for the 21st century. After deepening our understanding of the community through interviews, focus groups, and rigorous market studies, we organized a series of lectures by national experts that helped residents understand how their community could adapt to changing markets.
Our plan for Dublin recommended transforming the study area into a series of higher-density, walkable neighborhoods that will form a new town center with more than 3M square feet of mixed-use development and a total of 10M square feet over 20 years.
Following city council approval in 2012, the plan became the official development framework for more than 1,100 acres along the corridor. In late 2013, developer Crawford Hoying announced the first major investment under the framework, a $350 million development with housing, hotels, stores, and offices on 30 acres in the heart of the study area.