Otterbein University proposes new property development: Community News Update

Emily Voneman, News Editor

Otterbein University has proposed a plan to make use of a property of about 58 acres of farmland known as Braun Farm. The property is owned by the university and located southwest of Otterbein’s campus, along both sides of Cooper Road to the east of Cleveland Avenue.

The university’s plan is for a mixed-use development that would be called Uptown West. According to Otterbein’s communications director, Jennifer Hill, the project would include 240,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of medical office, 25,000 square feet of retail space and 627 multifamily units. It is expected to include office, dining and commercial opportunities, as well as a COTA Mobility Hub to connect Westerville communities with more direct routes.

Otterbein’s development partner in the project is Lifestyle Communities, a developer based in Columbus.

The university is currently working with Westerville city officials to perfect the plan that, if brought to fruition, would provide the community with access to new amenities, dining, shopping and more.