Church seeks old pharmacy building

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The building at 220 Main St. in Groveport, which once was home to a pharmacy and later an exercise center, could become home to a church.

At its May 27 meeting, Groveport Village Council heard the first reading of an ordinance which would grant a use variance to Kingdom Life Christian Center to operate a church in the building. Currently the building is zoned as "planned shopping center."

According to a report from Groveport Development Director Jeff Green, the church "has a membership of around 60 and average attendance is 40 to 60 people each week."

Green noted that, according to Groveport codes, the requirement for parking is one space for every three seats.

"Present parking capability for this building is 27 spaces, which is sufficient for the group’s present needs," reported Green.

The village’s planning and zoning commission will review the church’s use variance request at its meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.  

Stormwater utility rates

Council approved an ordinance to establish a stormwater utility fee for all properties in the village. Residents will be charged a set rate of $2 per month while larger non-residential commercial/industrial properties will be assessed based on the amount of impervious surface on their property.

"A stormwater utility would establish a funding source for stormwater management projects in the village," reported Village Administrator Jon Crusey. "These projects would help maintain and improve the existing storm water system, as well as improve water quality in all streams throughout the village."

It is expected the stormwater utility fee will generate $405,024 annually for the village with $367,080 coming from non-residential properties and $37,944 from residential properties.

Other Groveport news

•Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would incrementally enact an approximate 30 percent increase in its building and zoning fee schedule. The entire increase would be phased in over a several year period with an initial increase of 15 percent. The last fee increase was in 2003.

•Construction bids for the proposed bicycle path that would connect Groveport to Three Creeks Park were set to be opened on May 30.

•Repairs to the golf cart suspension bridge over Little Walnut Creek have begun and are expected to be completed in two weeks.

•Council asked village administrative officials to look into the possibility of placing recycling bins for paper, plastic, glass and other recyclables at a to be determined location in the village for residents who wish to voluntarily recycle these items.

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