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Monday
Apr012013

2013: The Year Ahead

As we prepare for a busy and exhilarating year ahead, here are some highlights:

Main Street in Focus
Plans for this year’s Main Street streetscape project and traffic signal upgrades have gone to bid. A combination of TIF funds and OPWC grants will be funding enhanced brick crossings, a streamlining of signage, and medians installed in select unused center turn lanes along Main Street. To see plan details, visit www.bexley.org/main.

City Hall Redevelopment
Redevelopment of the 1.6 acre City Hall site has long been a goal of the City’s, and after several attempts over the years, we’ve been working hard to make this the year that it all comes together. Who knows? 2013 might just be the year it does...

Redevelopment Challenges
A vacant and environmentally impacted gas station on North Cassady and troubled properties along Livingston Avenue are among the redevelopment challenges that the City continues to confront. We’d like 2013 to be a year of solid progress, and will continue to work towards solutions for these difficult challenges.  To view a roadmap of the City's redevelopment priorities, you can download the Bexley Land Use Strategy by clicking here.

Online Payment Options for Water Bill & More
We’ve prioritized this project and will be working on bringing online payment options to the City’s billing.

The Bexley City Arboretum
In March of 2013, the City of Bexley was accredited as an arboretum by the Morton Register of Arboreta, making it the first City in the United States to successfully obtain arboretum accreditation.  For nearly 25 years the City of Bexley has been a participant in the Tree City USA program, carefully compiling a catalogue of the over 14,000 trees that are managed by the Bexley City forester within the City's right-of-ways.  

Next steps for the City will include developing a more formalized educational component to the Bexley Arboretum and continuing to curate the City's extensive collection of over 100 unique tree species.  For more information, visit the City's Arboretum page.

The Main Event
"The Main Event" will be a monthly mingle on Main Street from May through September this summer.  This event will bring together Movies on Main (a free, outdoor movie series on Capital's main lawn), along with a revamped Music on Main, and based on strong interest from restaurants and merchants we are also working on adding restaurant specials and merchant open houses into the mix.  Each month will feature a theme based upon the movie being shown, with activities for kids and families centered on that month's theme.  To keep up with the main event, visit www.gobexley.com/mainevent.

Community Update
In March, community leaders from Bexley’s major institutions provided a preview of 2013 at the first annual Bexley State of the Community Address. To view video of the address, see the embedded video below (the City's portion of the address is at about the 35:50 mark):