By Rick Palsgrove
On Dec. 21, Groveport City Council will decide the fate of a proposed apartment complex that would be located along west Groveport Road.
On Nov. 2, the Groveport Planning and Zoning Commission voted to not recommend the approval of a rezoning request regarding 8.3 acres on west Groveport Road from rural to planned high density residential. The property is bounded by the Groveport Church of Christ on the west, storage units across the road to the south, and a single family lot to the north and east. A developer has proposed the construction of a multi-family unit residential complex on the site.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the Planning and Zoning Commission’s reasons for not recommending the proposal for approval include: the city’s overall plans for the area call for commercial and industrial development; the possible impact of more students to the Groveport Madison school district the development could bring; and potential traffic issues on busy west Groveport Road.
At council’s Nov. 23 public hearing on the plan, Bruce McPherson, a representative of the neighboring Church of Christ of Groveport said church members are concerned about: the proposed development has little green space, the estimate of potential school children that could live there is low, increased traffic issues, and potential trespassing problems for the church property could arise.
According to paperwork included with the proposed rezoning legislation, the company proposes to build five, three story multi-family buildings totaling 144 units with detached garages, clubhouse, and a pool. The units are a mix of one, two, and three bedroom options. The plan also calls for 255 outdoor parking spots and 36 garage parking slots. The rezoning application notes that 7 to 14 school age children could be expected in the project and that “traffic counts for multi-family are considerably less than other forms of housing due to the reduced children and trips needed.”
Speaking at the Nov. 23 public hearing, Metro Development’s Joe Thomas said the development would be “a good neighbor.” He noted the apartment complex could generate an estimated $336,000 in annual property taxes, of which $206,000 would go to Groveport Madison Schools.
Regarding potential traffic issues, Thomas said a traffic study indicates the complex could add 50 vehicles to west Groveport Road during morning peak hours from 7-9 a.m. and 63 vehicles during afternoon peak hours from 4-6 p.m.
“Compared to a large commercial company, that’s quite a bit less traffic,” said Thomas.
Thomas said a proposed sewer extension to the project would help open an additional 57 acres nearby for future development for the city. He added the apartments would attract “work force” tenants who could become employees at nearby businesses.