The Pataskala council approved a Community Reinvestment Zone and Tax Increase Funding (TIF) agreement between the city of Pataskala and TPA Group LLC, at the July 6 council meeting.
This agreement paves the way for the construction of a new distribution-type facility in the city’s Mink Street and Refugee Road area.
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In April, TPA obtained a rezoning requested by the Pataskala council for the properties of 8065 Mink St., 7621 Mink and 7625 Mink St. totaling 93.79 acres of general commercial, low density residential and planned development area. to the status of “planned production”.
TPA offers a 1.2 million square foot warehouse / distribution facility “and associated site improvements”.
City administrator Tim Hickin said on July 7 that the TIF deal will allow TPA to recoup costs related to public infrastructure improvements such as road improvements or sewer and water connections. The Community Reinvestment Zone (CRA), he said, establishes a 100% tax abatement over 15 years.
Hickin said, “This area is great for development. The next step is that the different public entities, the county, the Etna township and Pataskala try to work cooperatively to see that the road there can be turned into a road that can handle traffic for a facility like this one. -this. “
City finalizes plan for “Champions Parade” for July 24
Pataskala continues to firm up details of its “Parade of Champions,” honoring Indianapolis 500 winner Meyer Shank Racing, as well as community high school teams that have distinguished themselves in state tournaments or events. similar efforts.
Mayor Mike Compton told Pataskala’s July 6 council meeting that the door remains open for others who have excelled in schools in athletics or academia and that they should contact city officials to see if they are included.
Compton said he and city administrator Tim Hickin hoped to work out all the final details of the event on Friday, July 9.
“It’s always coming together,” Compton said at the board meeting. He said the city was working with Meyer Shank’s publicist to coordinate the event, and the city would contact auto clubs as well.
The parade date, to accommodate the racing season, remains July 24.
Compton said he would also work with Pataskala Rotary to organize the event, based on their past organization of the annual Pataskala Street Fair Parade.
The mayor added, “We’re going to follow pretty much the same pattern as the street fair parade and gather at Foundation Park… We’ll set up there, and go from there, and we’ll stick to pretty much the route. of the street fair. “
Authorities celebrate return of fireworks, 4th of July festivities
Compton also spoke about the successful staging of this year’s July 4 fireworks display, returning after the event was absent last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The fireworks were a blast,” joked the mayor. He also thanked those who made the exhibition possible and who came to support the event.
“When I got up at 8 am to address the crowd and we raised the flag and said a prayer and sang the hymn, it suddenly occurred to me and I had to somehow So go through my mind, it’s been two years since we had the fireworks, “Compton said.” That night was the same as 2019: people were there; it was a beautiful night.
He continued, “We had our church groups… it was fantastic. The Lions (Pataskala Club) are very grateful as well as all of our service groups and everything has gone off without a hitch.
Compton noted that additional officers had been recruited, anticipating the need due to a likely increase in crowd size as many communities, including Columbus, had canceled their own fireworks, but things turned out. went well, officials said.