City and non-profit reach funding agreement

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By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

Grove City Council signed off on legislation to reimburse the non-profit organization Grove City Town Center Inc.
At the Feb. 5 meeting, council approved an ordinance to enter into a three-year reimbursement agreement with the group that helps to promote and market the city’s Town Center.

According to the ordinance, the city agreed to reimburse Town Center Inc. a maximum of $75,000 in 2018, $70,000 in 2019, and $65,000 for the year 2020. In return for the funds, the non-profit group must report its progress and objectives to city council twice a year.

Grove City Town Center Inc. aims to stimulate economic development in the Town Center, develop leadership in the business community, promote downtown Grove City as an exciting place to live, shop and invest, encourage improvements to new development, and strengthen the overall community by building relationships throughout the city. The group is also tasked with finding funding resources to market the Town Center.

According to Andy Furr, executive director for Grove City Town Center Inc., the group’s efforts are paying off.

He said in the past year, the Town Center has retained 100 percent of its businesses, though a few are downsizing.

“It has been fantastic,” said Furr.

Furr also said there has been more community involvement from both business owners and residents.

In addition to the daily efforts to market the downtown area, Town Center Inc. puts on three events that grow in popularity each year. It hosts the Wine and Arts Festival in June, a bourbon tasting event in August and the Mistletoe Market in December.

For more information on Grove City Town Center Inc., visit www.grovecitytowncenter.org.

In other news, council had its first reading on legislation to purchase two properties in the Town Center.
The city plans to spend $120,000 from its general fund to purchase property at 4037 Arbutus Ave. This property is located on the same block as the Grove City Division of Police. The acquisition would allow the city to add parking spaces for the police department.

Council will also vote on an ordinance to appropriate $75,000 from the general fund for the purchase of property at 4011 First St. The property was offered for sale and the city would like to buy the property for Town Center redevelopment.

The second reading and public hearing on both property purchases are scheduled for the Feb. 20 council meeting.

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