Delphos kicks off Energy District with city project

Businesses, government, healthcare, and educational facilities in Delphos have access to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing now that the city is an Energy District, the Delphos Herald reports. Safety Service Director Shane Coleman “signed the paperwork for an $8,000 loan . . . for an energy-efficient lighting project at the water treatment plant,” kicking off the Energy District, according to the article. The district is sponsored by “the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority through its Betterbuildings Northwest Ohio [BBNWO]”; financing will come from the BBNWO’s PACE program. Eligible projects include upgrades to energy efficiency for lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration, among others. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, Project Finance, State Updates

New mixed-used Weston development to replace dormant Westland Mall

A “major hurdle” to transforming the “long-dormant” Westland Mall property has been cleared, as LGR Weston recently purchased “the Sears portion of the mall,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. That “$3.15 million purchase gives LGR and its sister company, Plaza Properties, control of the entire 88-acre mall site,” allowing them to move forward with plans to redevelop the property, according to the article. Developers plan to demolish the 1-million-square-foot mall and replace it with “a mixed-use development, ‘complementary’ to Hollywood Casino across Georgesville Road to the east.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, State Updates

Bexley says CRA could fund Mayfield Place remediation and remodel

Bexley City Council is considering a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement that “would enable a private developer to environmentally remediate and remodel an apartment complex” in southwest Bexley, according to Mayor Ben Kessler, ThisWeek Community News reports. Ordinance 12-19, if approved, would allow “for a 100 percent, 15-year tax abatement on the new improvements” to Mayfield Place, according to the article. The legislation states that the developer “would undertake environmental remediation of contaminated soil at the Mayfield Place in accordance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Voluntary Action Plan.” Council member Richard Sharp noted the city would not abate current taxes, but “future improvement and value.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Project Finance

Columbus Business First unpacks Bricker’s Energy Exchange event, EV charging station

Spotlighting the future state of electric vehicles both in Central Ohio and statewide, Columbus Business First summarized the recent discussion that took place at Bricker & Eckler’s May 9, 2019, "Energy Exchange" event. The event, hosted by the firm’s energy attorneys for industry professionals, focused this time around on electric vehicles and their potential to propel Ohio as a nationwide leader in advanced and renewable technology.

How electric vehicles could change Ohio’s power grid” illustrates that electric vehicle adoption and usage is on the rise in Ohio. A few catalysts to this increase include the availability of convenient charging stations, funding incentives for both vehicles and charging stations and decreasing costs of the technology. Locally, enhancing the appeal of “going electric” has been a collaborative effort. Participating in a panel discussion at the event were representatives from the Ohio House of Representatives, Smart Columbus and ChargePoint, all of whom described the importance of both public and private investment to continue development in this area.

At the conclusion of the event, Bricker tangibly demonstrated its commitment to supporting the growth of electric vehicles in downtown Columbus, announcing that the firm will install an electric vehicle charging station on its property this summer. Bricker is the first Ohio law firm to do so and hopes this endeavor will encourage other businesses to join the effort to advance this technology for local citizens.

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities

Bricker & Eckler becomes first Ohio law firm with EV charging station

Bricker & Eckler is the first law firm in the state to install an electric vehicle charging station on its property. The firm’s EV charging station, deployed by ChargePoint, will be located among several parking spaces at the rear of the building. Employees, as well as client guests, will be permitted to use the station during business hours. Outside of regular business hours and on weekends, the station will be available for public use. The installation of Bricker & Eckler’s EV charging station is scheduled for Summer 2019 and will be operational shortly after. Read more >>

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities

Brecksville considers TIF for mixed-use project

The City of Brecksville is considering a TIF agreement to help finance the mixed-use Valor Acres development project proposed for the former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Brecksville hospital site, Cleveland.com reports. The 103-acre Valor Acres “may include stores, restaurants, apartments, hotels, hospitals, manufacturing plants, offices and-or laboratories,” according to the article. New property taxes generated from the development would fund infrastructure improvements; Mayor Jerry Hruby said in an email to Cleveland.com, “[w]e believe (a TIF) is the best option to develop the (Valor Acres) property and the area infrastructure.” Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools would not lose any existing property taxes under the TIF. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Financial Incentives, Project Finance, State Updates

The Energy Exchange: Charging Toward the Future event May 9, 2019

Please join us for Bricker & Eckler’s biannual Energy Exchange event to discuss updates on legal and policy issues surrounding electric vehicles in Ohio. Featuring State Representative Kent Smith; Mark Patton, Vice President at Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership; and David Schatz, Director of Public Policy at ChargePoint, Inc., we will discuss the impact of the electric vehicle industry and the growing need for EV charging stations to meet the increasing demand.

To register for the May 9, 2019 Energy Exchange, click here.

Environmental, Smart Cities, State Updates

Ohio ranked third in 12-state Midwest region for clean energy jobs

Analysis by the Clean Energy Trust and nonpartisan Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows “more than 112,000 Ohioans work in clean energy industries,” with 4,975 jobs added in the last year, according to a recent article in The Daily Reporter. Clean energy jobs now “make up 2.1 percent of all jobs in Ohio” according to Clean Jobs Midwest, the article reports. Energy efficiency led all clean energy sectors in the state, “employing 81,676 workers — accounting for seven in 10 of all clean energy workers.” Micaela Preskill, E2 Midwest states advocate, said the 2019 U.S. Energy & Employment Report “clearly proves that clean energy in the Midwest is not just a trend, it is driving economic growth and opportunities across the region.” For more, read the full article (subscription required), or click here for the report.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates

Kettering Business Park growth brings job numbers back up

Recent growth from companies including Amazon, Alternate Solutions Health Network and Kettering Health Network in the Kettering Business Park “has helped offset a couple thousand jobs lost” from Air Force consolidation, the Dayton Daily News reports. A “planned Amazon ‘last-mile’ distribution center” is expected to bring at least 300 full-time equivalent jobs by the end of 2021, according to the article. Kettering Health Network’s new $10-million operations command center could house another 300 employees when fully operational. Kettering-based Alternate Solutions Health Network purchased a 200,000-square-foot facility that “will allow a projected growth in employment of more than 340 jobs in the next five years.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, State Updates

Medina looking to create ESID to enable PACE financing

An Energy Special Improvement District (ESID) could be up and running in Medina by the summer, allowing businesses to use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, The Gazette reports. Medina Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall and Medina County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Bethany Dentler have been working on creating an ESID board “that would oversee projects funded through a PACE lender,” according to the article. Marshall “said she’s been approached by a couple of businesses interested in PACE financing,” and Dentler said PACE financing is “gaining popularity in the state of Ohio. . . . We want to use this tool.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Project Finance, State Updates
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