By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
Another large housing development could be on the horizon in Grove City.
At the June 7 meeting, Grove City Council approved a preliminary plan for a residential development located on the east side of State Route 104 and north of London-Groveport Road (State Route 665). The proposal, from applicant Pulte Homes of Ohio, calls for the development of 307 single family homes and 90 condominiums on about 145 acres of land.
The preliminary plan was approved with a 3-2 vote. Even though most council members voted for approval, all council members had concerns about traffic and infrastructure along State Route 104.
Councilman Roby Schottke, who voted in favor of the legislation, said that area in the city has become a desirable place to live, which is why several developments are popping up. However, further south, in Pickaway County, there is excess warehouse space.
“The truck and warehouse traffic are a concern,” said Schottke. “We need to keep trucks from coming down 665 to 104.”
Council president Christine Houk, who voted against the proposal, said the truck traffic in that area is already significant.
“The unresolved infrastructure issues should happen before we sign off on any more housing,” said Houk.
The developer has agreed to conduct a traffic study to assess improvements that would need to be made to both roadways adjacent to the proposed development. According to city documents, further discussions will need to take place regarding the sharp bend on London-Groveport Road, along the southeast corner of the site.
“We have an opportunity for a deeper dive on traffic,” said Tom Hart, a zoning attorney representing Pulte Homes. “This will be a more comprehensive traffic study in that area.”
Several residents attended the council meeting with safety concerns about the increased traffic.
In 2019, council approved a development plan that allows for more than 500 housing units on the Farmstead-Hancock property, near State Route 104 and Hawthorne Parkway. In 2020, council gave the green light to Pinnacle Quarry, an expansion of the Pinnacle development, that will add 180 single family homes and 30 condominiums. Last year, council also approved plans for a 105-unit apartment complex along State Route 104.
“There are traffic issues,” said councilman Aaron Schlabach. “But we cannot not have housing. I am pleased to add housing in the area.”
Councilman Ted Berry said he would prefer the area stay as is.
“My problem is where this is located,” said Berry. “My vision of that area is green. It should stay in its current state for the park to expand.”
Berry, who voted against the proposal, was referring to Scioto Grove Metro Park, which is near the property.
According to city documents, the preliminary proposal includes several areas of open space and multi-use paths, which would help with connectivity across the site. There is also a potential trail connection to Scioto Grove Metro Park, through the Scioto Meadow subdivision.
The developer will still have to come before council for final approval of the development plan.