By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport city officials continue to contemplate future development in the city’s downtown and beyond.
The city of Groveport’s $7.6 million 1847 Main Project and its two new, city-owned commercial buildings is nearing completion. The project includes the 12,184 square foot Wert’s Grove building at 480 Main St. and the 14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port building at 674 Main St. Currently Delaney’s Diner – a breakfast, lunch, brunch restaurant – will occupy space in the Rarey’s Port building by late summer and Little Italy Pizza is slated to move from its existing home at 619 Main St. to the Wert’s Grove building also by late summer.
As the 1847 Main Project progresses, city officials are studying what can be developed elsewhere in the historic downtown as well as in a vast acreage of land known as Area C located south of Groveport.
Historic downtown development
One spot of potential redevelopment in the historic downtown is the former hot rod business building located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Wirt Road.
When asked if the former hot rod building would be demolished and what kind of structure and business could be built there, Groveport Development Director Jeff Green said that the building was purchased by Dr. Alec Land, whose veterinary business operates nearby.
“Demolition will occur once certain geotechnical conditions related to the building’s foundation can be resolved,” said Green. “Dr. Land and his wife, Dr. Rona Shapiro, are weighing development options for the site.”
Green said a critical issue affecting businesses in the historic downtown is the shortage of parking there.
“We have received a proposal for planning services related to this and will hopefully have some proposed solutions to bring to Groveport City Council soon,” said Green in a written report to council.
Currently in the historic downtown there is a parking lot bordered by Crooked Alley, Cherry Street, and Wirt Road as well as another parking lot on the north side of Main Street by Ace Hardware that extends north to approximately Elm Street. Some street parking is also available along Main Street.
Area C development
Regarding Area C, which is located along Pontius Road south of Hayes Road and extends south to the county line at London-Lancaster Road, city officials stated this land consists of “thousands of acres,” of which 500 acres could be developed.
“We are currently in the early stages of planning for Area C,” said Green. “As we began this exercise – considering cost to extend infrastructure, estimated income tax to be generated, and revenue sharing requirements with the city of Columbus and the Groveport Madison school district – we also felt it was important to consider other development potential generated throughout the Columbus region by the Intel project. The land in Area C is thousands of acres extending east of Pontius to Richardson and south to the county line at London-Lancaster Road. We do not yet know how much of this we may anticipate annexing. The land is important, though, if the city of Groveport is to continue to grow and prosper and invest in the quality of life for its residents. We are currently out of land for new development so we have to explore what our next ‘frontier’ might be.”
City officials are studying whether to continue to pursue warehouse/industrial development in Area C or to consider other kinds of development.