July 7, 2023 – Much like everything else in life, buildings have a life expectancy. As early as 2005, City of Gahanna facilities were identified as being deficient, and many buildings have far exceeded their lifespan. Over the last several years, the City had been evaluating the current state of its facilities and working on a path to address these long-term facility needs.
In September 2022, Gahanna City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a building that will be reimagined into the new “Gahanna Civic Center.” Also known as 825 Tech Center Drive, the building will become the new combined home of the Gahanna Division of Police, Gahanna City Hall, and Gahanna Senior Center.
Conceptual renderings of 825 Tech Center Drive were recently presented during the City Council meeting held on June 26 and again at a Planning Commission workshop held on June 28. To view a recording of the City Council presentation, click here.
At the beginning of the architectural review process, the City outlined several goals for the new facility. Among the top priorities identified were the need to create an inviting and approachable space for all residents, generate a space that is community- and service-focused, and make the most efficient use of space for today’s operational needs and those of the future. For a full list of the identified goals, click …
825 Tech Center Drive is an existing 100,000 square foot Class A office building. The City will renovate the facility and construct an additional 31,000 square feet of space to accommodate non-office functions. This newly envisioned complex will have the capacity to house all city services currently located at 200 S. Hamilton Road for decades to come.
Capital funds generated from Issue 12 will primarily serve as the funding mechanism for this project. The City is exploring additional funding mechanisms such as outside grants. No new or additional taxpayer support will be required for the project.
In the coming months, the City will continue to work through the design details. Regular updates will continue to be provided to the public at Council meetings. For information on this project (including all prior public presentations and discussions) and to stay up-to-date as this project continues, visit www.gahanna.gov/facilities.