On May 4, 2021, Upper Arlington voters resoundingly approved the Upper Arlington Community Center Ballot Issue by approximately 80%. With this strong message of support, the City is proceeding with its plans to construct a community center on the site of the former Macy’s at Kingsdale.
Over the summer of 2021, the City will be selecting a design team that will take the vision of the Community Center Feasibility Task Force and turn it into final plans. We anticipate that the detailed design and community engagement process will take approximately one year to complete. Thereafter, construction of the new facility is expected to last approximately two years.
As this transformative community project moves forward, we will be providing regular updates on progress and sharing details of opportunities for resident involvement, and we encourage you to stay informed. Register to receive our City Insight e-News for the most up-to-date information.
UPPER ARLINGTON COMMUNITY CENTER BALLOT ISSUE
Following an 18-month study and the resulting recommendations from the Task Force, Upper Arlington City Council fulfilled its pledge to bring the community center issue to a vote of the people on the May 4, 2021 ballot. Check this section for an overview of the ballot initiative.
COMMUNITY CENTER FEASIBILITY TASK FORCE
Formed by City Council in the summer of 2019, the Community Center Feasibility Task Force was comprised of 16 resident volunteers charged with determining if the community wants and needs a community center. After confirming the need, the Task Force identified the preferred location as Kingsdale and developed a building program and business plan for constructing, operating and maintaining a community center. The Task Force website provides an extensive overview of the study process, including the entire report, all meeting records and community engagement activities.