By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport plans to purchase a house and parking lot next door to the municipal building.
Groveport City Council authorized City Administrator Marsha Hall to enter into a contract to buy the property at 173 Front St., which is owned by the Southeast Mental Health Center, Inc., for $125,000. The property sits directly south of the municipal building, which is located at 655 Blacklick St.
The property includes a two-story, 2,716 square foot brick home facing Front Street and the municipal building’s existing 4,700 square foot parking lot along the alley at the rear of the parcel.
Hall said the primary reason for purchasing the property was to acquire ownership of the parking lot.
“The house is structurally OK,” said Hall. “But there would be costs to maintain the house if the city kept it. We’ve inspected it and the house would have to be gutted and remodeled for any government office use and to meet American Disabilities Act requirements. It would be difficult for the city to use the house.”
At its July 15 committee meeting, council instructed Hall to pursue splitting the lot so that the parking lot becomes part of the municipal building parcel and then sell the house for residential use.
“Selling the house will give someone an opportunity to fix it up and make a nice home,” said Mayor Lance Westcamp.
Other Groveport news
•The city received only one bid of $1.043 million for the Groveport Town Center downtown project, which is above the engineer’s estimate of $865,000.
“We are contacting the other contractors to determine why they didn’t bid, then we will meet with the business owner to figure a new plan of action,” said Hall.
Officials had hoped construction of the project could begin in August.
The plans for the Groveport Town Center include two commercial buildings on 2.5 acres of city-owned land at the northeast corner of Main and Front streets. One building will be a 10,800 square foot building that will house an Ace Hardware store. The other structure will be a 7,296 square foot multi-tenant commercial building. Potential occupants for the multi-tenant building include restaurants, delicatessens, coffee shops, independent retailers, and small commercial offices.
•Local Waste Services, the trash pick-up provider for the city, plans to change the trash pick-up day in Groveport from Tuesday to Monday. The company estimates the change could be made in October. Local Waste Services will send out notices to customers notifying them when the change will officially take place.
•The city will contract with Dynamix for an energy study of the city’s facilities at a cost of $14,000. Director of Facilities Management Tom Byrne said Dynamix believes the city could get “significant savings if an energy savings project is done.” He said if the city decides to go ahead with the energy projects there will be no cost for the energy study.