Groveport gets a little greener


By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

The city of Groveport has obtained a bit more open green space.

Evans Capital Investments, LTD granted 3.4 acres to the city. The land is a grassy area located near Green Avenue, between West Street and Newport Village and south of Degenhart Park. The acreage includes 20 undeveloped parcels that originally had been platted for residential use.

“This is a nice little chunk of land for us,” said City Councilman Ed Dildine.

City Administrator Marsha Hall said the  company granted the land to the city because the proposed lot sizes, configuration and drainage issues were not a good fit for development.

“We can use the land as open space and see where it fits into the city’s master parks plan,” said Hall.

She added the land does not directly border Degenhart Park because a smaller parcel separates the properties.

When asked if the city might consider connecting the disconnected portions of east and west Green Avenue that are separated by the open land, Hall said the city has not looked into connecting the street.

Senior housing project

Council approved an ordinance to amend the zoning for 7.4 acres at 5090 Hendron Road to allow LW Associates to  construct of 50 units of senior housing on the site. The property neighbors the existing Groveport Senior Village.

Each unit will be 905 square feet. The development will also include a community building and community garden. The residences will be available for individuals age 55 and up.

“This Phase 2 will be a mirror image of the existing Groveport Senior Village,” said Groveport Building Official Stephen Moore.

Todd Valentine of LW Associates said, if all goes as planned, the $8 to $10 million Phase 2 project could begin construction by March 2017 with completion by the spring of 2018.

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