By Rick Palsgrove
A proposed multi-family development in Groveport is facing a legislative hurdle.
On Nov. 2, the Groveport Planning and Zoning Commission voted to not recommend the approval of legislation that would rezone 8.3 acres on west Groveport Road – 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 – from rural to planned high density residential. A developer has proposed the construction of a multi-family unit residential complex on the site.
The issue now goes before Groveport City Council for review and a vote.
According to paperwork included with the proposed rezoning legislation, the company proposes to build five 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 mult-family are considerably less than other forms of housing due to the reduced children and trips needed.”
Council will review Planning and Zoning’s recommendation and then possibly make the final decision on whether or not to approve the rezoning legislation at its Nov. 23 meeting.
Financial incentive for business
Council approved legislation authorizing a development and incentive agreement with KDC/Tri-Tech, which plans to locate in the former K-Mart warehouse at 4400 South Hamilton Road in Groveport.
The company plans to the warehouse into a manufacturing facility.
“Because there are no other local incentives in the building, which was built in 1982, the city of Groveport is offering an annual incentive payment equal to 35 percent of the company’s withholding,” said Groveport Assistant Administrator and Development Director Jeff Green. “The company will create approximately 200 new manufacturing jobs. KDC/ONE’s manufacturing operations continue to diversify the city’s core operations and are a testament to Groveport’s capabilities for e-commerce operations. We are thrilled to welcome KDC/ONE to our community and look forward to supporting its continued growth.”
KDC/ONE, a contract manufacturer and custom formulator of personal care and beauty products, announced plans to expand its operations in the Columbus region with a new facility, investing approximately $60 million and creating 200 jobs, with support from the Ohio Development Services Agency. Hiring for machine operators and maintenance, administrative and supervisor roles will begin in 2021.