Groveport street projects get the green light

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The bids are in for Groveport’s South Street and Madison Street reconstruction project.

The entire project – originally set to be done this year at an estimated cost of $777,000 – will include curbs and gutters, sidewalk, street lighting, and storm drainage improvements that could also eventually help the drainage problems on Lesleh Avenue.

The low bid for the entire project came in at $1.062 million, which includes $511,925 for South Street and $550,617 for Madison Street.

The bid came in higher than expected because adjustments had to be made to account for a 45-year-old water line on South Street that is buried too shallow below the street and will affect the reconstruction of the roadway. According to Village Administrator Jon Crusey, the water line would have to be lowered to allow for the road work, but, rather than go to the effort and expense of  lowering a decades old water line, a new water line will be put in place at the proper depth.

Engineer Steve Farst said another factor in the increase in cost of the project are new EPA guidelines affecting stormwater runoff.

The reconstruction of South Street is expected to begin after all the paperwork is wrapped up and be completed this fall. It is expected to take 90 days to complete the work.

The Madison Street portion of the project will begin in the spring of 2008 and is also expected to take 90 days to complete.

Village officials noted that the Kessler Street reconstruction project is expected to be done in 2009 and the Lesleh Avenue reconstruction project is slated for 2010.

Downtown update

Development Director Jeff Green informed Groveport Village Council at its July 23 meeting that Pizzuti Solutions has completed surveys, is interviewing potential builders, and is obtaining cost estimates for the proposed downtown redevelopment project.

"Everything is proceeding according to plan," said Green. "Marketing is the biggest hurdle."

Green said Pizzuti is first trying to attract a restaurant for the site with the accompanying businesses to follow.

The project is located on property extending from the northeast corner of Main and Front streets. The plan calls for a potential retail/office development at the site that includes: two, 19th century style two story brick buildings with varied storefronts, one 200 feet long and the other 100 feet long, totaling 34,280 square feet; parking in the rear in the former Ohio and Erie Canal bed, as well as some spaces on Main Street, that would accommodate 146 vehicles; and a public space at the west end of the development at Main and Front streets.

Green said a timetable for construction has not been determined.

Other news

•Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to authorize a Groveport police officer to serve as school resource officer at Groveport Madison High School for the 2007-08 school year at a cost of $46,523. The village would pay $20,902 of this cost with the school district paying the rest. It would be the fourth year the village has supplied the officer.

•Police Chief Gary York reported that State Route 317 will be one of three main traffic arteries that will serve the P51 Mustang & Legends Air Show set for Sept. 27-30 at Rickenbacker. He said 75,000 to 125,000 visitors will be expected each day of the event.

•Boy Scout Troop 71 approached the village about potentially holding an American flag retirement ceremony in Heritage Park. The ceremony would be held to retire tattered American flags in a dignified manner. Village officials indicated they would work with the Scouts on the project.

•Groveport Aquatic Center memberships have risen from 1,092 in 2004 to 1,441 in 2007.

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