Former Presbyterian Church has a new owner; plus other Groveport news

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Some smaller scale development plans are being made in the area of Groveport’s historic downtown.

Historic former church sold
According to Groveport Development Director Jeff Green, the historic former Groveport Presbyterian Church, 275 College St., has been purchased by Mark Ours of MODE Architects.

In a written report to Groveport City Council, Green said MODE Architects is currently located in German Village in Columbus and Ours plans to move the business into the former church once renovations are completed.

“Plans are to restore the interior to its original state and use the space for studios, meeting space, and offices,” said Green.

The Groveport Presbyterian Church congregation conducted its final worship services in the building last July. The church had served the community since 1853.

Former hot rod shop

In a written report to Groveport City Council, Green said Dr. Alec Land of the Groveport-Canal Animal Hospital, purchased the former Floyd’s Hot Rod Shop building, which is located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Wirt Road.
Green indicated Land is working with Avery Ward of Little Italy restaurant to develop plans for the former hot rod shop site.

“Avery has an interest in expanding the restaurant and Dr. Land has interest to expand his practice as well as provide some additional retail, office, and possibly residential space,” wrote Green. “The primary impediment to moving forward with any development of the site is parking.”

Green said city staff is meeting with Land and Ward, as well as their architects, to discuss “ways to address the issue and allow the development to proceed.”

Income tax revenue
The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of Sept. 30 was $13.1 million, which is 10 percent higher than the same time in 2020, according to city of Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr. Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 61 percent of all city total revenues. Carr also noted the city’s general fund balance as of Sept. 30 is nearly $1.9 million higher compared to the same time last year.

Upcoming legislation
Groveport City Council is considering legislation that would increase greens fees and golf cart rental rates at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course as well as increases to the non-resident rate to the outdoor Aquatic Center pool.

Both items will be discussed at council’s Nov. 15 committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

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