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Dublin Seeks To Find Housing For Young Professionals

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Since 2000, Dublin's population has grown 33 percent, but there is an area where it is not growing.

Only 3 percent of the city's population is between 20 and 24 years old, and less than 10 percent is between 25 and 34.

That's much less than the state's average, and for the younger group, less than half the state's average.

While there may be trendy places to shop and eat, and with the presence of so many high-tech and youth-oriented companies there are really cool places to work, but there are very few apartments or condos for young professionals to live.

They like working and playing in Dublin, but they can't afford to live in the area.

Sara Blatnik and Samantha Kennedy are prime examples.

They're both 25 years old. They both work in downtown Dublin, and they both live elsewhere because they just can't find anything affordable nearby.

"I was actually just recently looking and anything that was in this area, it wasn't something that I even considered," said Blatnik.

That will be addressed with the Bridge Street Corridor project.

There is a lot of attention on the shopping, restaurants, and park space that will be on the east side of the Scioto River.

But the key to its success may not be getting people to visit, but getting them to stay.

"Apartments here are a little pricey compared to apartments in other areas kind of in the suburbs of Columbus," said Kennedy.

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