By Rick Palsgrove
Construction on the Groveport Town Center downtown development could begin by this fall.
Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said the city met with engineers to prepare to re-bid the parking lot and building pad portion of the project.
The city received only one bid of $1.043 million in the first bid process for this portion of the project, which is above the engineer’s estimate of $865,000. The construction of a 91-space parking lot extending northeast from Main Street to Elm Street on the former Ohio and Erie Canal land and the building pad preparation are the city’s part of the overall project.
Officials had hoped construction of the project could begin in August.
“Now it’s looking like the project will break ground some time this fall. The developers are shooting to open in early May next year,” said Groveport Finance Director Jeff Green.
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.
Green said the city is leasing the 2.5 acres to Baltimore Land Management LLC for $1 per year.
The project also includes a small patio at the west end of the multi-tenant building and a bike path connecting Main Street to Blacklick Park. A water retention basin is planned at the end of the parking lot near Blacklick Park. Bushes, trees and fencing will be installed to screen the parking lot from neighboring residences.
A pocket park, to be located at the corner of Front and Main streets, most likely will not be constructed until 2014, according to Green.
Earlier this year, Rick Foreman of Ace Hardware said the construction date of the multi-tenant building is contingent upon financing and achieving a committed 50 percent occupancy. He said he prefers that both the Ace Hardware building and the multi-tenant building be constructed at the same time.