November 29, 2023

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New Albany, now a hub of development, once had little more than a mill

A New Albany historic landmark is the New Albany Mill, formerly owned by Noel and Betty Miller. It's now the site of BrewDog New Albany.

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in ThisWeek‘s five-part “Evolution of New Albany” series.

New Albany, which was ranked as one of the 50 best U.S. cities to live in by USA Today in 2020, has cultivated a thriving business community over the past few decades largely due to coordinated and meticulous strategic planning.

The city, which didn’t have a chamber of commerce until 1997, has grown from a rural community to become a hub for industrial and retail business in central Ohio over the past 30 years and is expected to continue growing with massive investments coming from Intel and Amgen.

But it all started from humble roots. 

The popular Dairy Cream was owned by the family of former mayor Cally Kardules, who served two terms from 1986 to1994.

Not much more than a mill not long ago

Founded in 1837, New Albany is in the center of Plain Township – a small rural farming community up through the middle of the 20th century, according to Dennis Keesee, president of the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society. 

That began to change in the 1960s and 1970s, he said, when new residents began to trickle into the area from such neighboring municipalities as Bexley and Northland. New housing developments, such as the Cedar Brook neighborhood, began to take shape.