By Andrea Cordle
The Pizzuti redevelopment plan for the Town Center got the green light from council.
At a recent meeting, Grove City council unanimously voted to support the development company’s concept for the downtown area.
The plan includes repositioning City Hall and using that building to house at least one restaurant and additional retail and office space. It also includes adding pedestrian connectivity, a water feature and an upscale 120-unit apartment complex that aims to attract the young professional and empty nesters.
According to Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage, this project is a Pizzuti private investment of $14 million.
Shannon Hamons, Pizzuti vice president of the Columbus region, said the company is passionate about this plan in Grove City.
“We have a strong commitment to the project,” said Hamons. “We want Grove City kids to go off to college, and then come back to the community as young professionals.”
Stage said this is the city’s chance to take the next step in developing the Town Center.
“Now, it’s just getting down to the grunt work,” said Stage.
Part of that grunt work is completing a development plan.
According to Chuck Boso, city administrator, the city and Pizzuti have not yet fine-tuned the plan. He said issues like financing and parking would be included in the development plan.
The resolution of support approved by council allows the company to take the next step and begin putting together the development plan.
Resident Sandy Engelman told council she had several concerns about the plan. One of her concerns is parking.
“I don’t see parking being resolved with this plan,” she said.
Hamons said there are currently 206 public parking spaces in the Town Center. The tentative Pizzuti plan would keep 205 spaces. Hamons also said there would be approximately 175 parking spaces for the 120-unit apartment complex.
In another measure to address downtown parking, council approved an ordinance to purchase the property at 3402 Civic Place. A home in the location will be demolished. The space will turn into a parking lot.
Under the agreement, the city will pay $225,000 for the property. The demolition will cost approximately $10,000 and the parking lot would cost about $150,000. The lot would add 29 parking spaces. It is expected to be finished next summer.