By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
Grove City Council signed off on a preliminary development plan that could change the city’s core.
At a meeting in November, council approved the preliminary plan for Broadway Live, which is a mixed-use development located north of Columbus Street and east of Broadway in the city’s Town Center. According to Axiom Ventures, the development would include about 200 apartments, along with a dining and entertainment district. It would include a public plaza, a 40,000 square foot food hall and event center, as well as restaurant, retail, and office space. This would be built on 4.36 acres of land.
“We have the opportunity to create something special in the Town Center that residents will enjoy for decades to come,” said Ethan Temianka, a partner with Axiom Ventures. “We are excited to bring this transformative project before you.”
According to Axiom, the project would include about an acre of open or green space. It also includes two pedestrian connections to other areas in the Town Center – the old library site with a proposed First Street promenade, and a connection to Beulah Park via the Columbus Street extension.
Temianka said he plans to work with city staff on issues like parking, traffic, and site circulation.
“We share those concerns, and we look forward to working through those issues,” he said.
Temianka also noted that the development incorporates sound buffering to accommodate the nearby residents.
According to the development company, the mixed-use plan would be a catalyst for continued growth in the city and would support existing small businesses in the Town Center.
Councilman Mark Sigrist called the preliminary plan “eye popping and exciting.”
Councilman Randy Holt said, “I am a fan of this plan. It fits with the architecture of the (Grove City) library.”
Holt said he wanted the project to pay homage to the history of the area.
According to Temianka, the plan will provide dramatic architectural features that highlight the history of Grove City and will preserve and enhance the character of the Town Center. He said Axiom Ventures will meet with members of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society in mid-December to get a better feel of the architecture and history of the downtown area.
Temianka also agreed to take part in public meetings regarding the project moving forward.
Kyle Rauch, the development director for the city of Grove City, said, “This is a preliminary plan. It is very much conceptual.”
Rauch said he would take the feedback from council and the city’s administration to the developer before taking the next step.
Broadway Live is estimated to be a $75 million to $85 million development project.