Heath sites sought for housing, retail, manufacturing

HEATH — The city of Heath has always been attractive to commercial developers, but interest in city properties has suddenly sky-rocketed, prompting plans to add an employee in the city’s building and zoning department.

Mayor Mark Johns discussed the hiring plans with council’s Community Development Committee on Monday in response to business and residential development plans and inquiries, possibly as a result of the Intel computer chip development coming to western Licking County.

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Johns, who took office in 2010, said the current development interest is during his tenure.

“Since I’ve been mayor, we’ve had two people in that department, and the pace of their workload you could easily argue two people were all we needed,” Johns said. “But the workload coming into that department now is a lot more. And, in all likelihood, will be more for the foreseeable future.”

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