City acts on development plan

By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

The city is moving forward with the Grove City Library relocation project.

At the Dec. 15 meeting, Grove City Council approved a measure that would make way for library parking, as well as a street extension.

Council signed off on a land agreement, accepting the plat of Harrisburg Pike, Columbus Street and an alley located at 3959-3963 Broadway.

According to Stephen Smith, law director, this measure sets the path for the city to purchase property for library/public parking and for the Columbus Street extension.

Council discussed the street extension, in particular keeping the street name consistent.
Currently, Columbus Street ends at Broadway and Mill Street takes over. When the city extends Columbus Street, they plan to drop Mill Street and keep it Columbus Street.

Karen Dover, Grove City resident and owner of Mill Street Market, asked the council members to recognize Mill Street’s historical importance.

She said Mill Street is a vital part of the city’s history. It was named Mill Street because there was a mill in that location.

Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said he envisions a Mill Street historical area.

“We are not going to lose its major historical significance,” said Stage.

The Grove City Library will move from its current location on Park Street to the corners of Broadway, Columbus Street and Grant Avenue.

Council also approved a modified library agreement. At the previous meeting in December, council approved a measure to modify the library agreement to address parking concerns.

The city wanted to make sure that after property was turned over to the library, much of the parking would remain public parking. The city also put in an amendment that addresses a potential future parking garage near the library site.

The library board met and made some clarifications to the plan. The trustees also said they wanted more of a voice on future parking plans around the building.

Council agreed and said they were glad to more forward on the project.

“I am optimistic that ground will be broken soon,” said councilwoman Laura Lanese.

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