By Rick Palsgrove
The two large commercial buildings currently being built in downtown Groveport are not the only development being planned for Main Street.
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to amend the zoning for the 1.19 acre property located at 325 Main St. from urban residential to select commercial planned.
In paperwork filed with the city, the property’s owners, Aaron and Katherine Carroll, are proposing to construct two, two story mixed use commercial buildings in two phases with business space on the first floor and residential space on the second floor. Phase 1 would be one 5,200 square foot building and be expected to be completed in 24 months. Phase 2 would be a 5,800 square foot building and also include demolishing the existing more than century old, approximately 1,100 square foot, single family residence on the site. There is no projected completion schedule yet for Phase 2.
“The plan is to develop two buildings on the site but not at the same time,” said Groveport Development Director Jeff Green. “I would anticipate construction commencing in the spring.”
Green said currently the plan calls for six residential units on the second floor of each building. It is anticipated there will be 38 parking spaces on the site.
“The developer and his wife are dentists and will have their practice on the first floor and an optometrist will occupy the remainder of the first floor space,” said Green.
According to the filed paperwork, the proposed mixed use development is “compatible with existing and future land uses.” It notes Main Street consists of a mix of residential and commercial uses along its length, including across the street from this property. It states the plan includes a “recommended residential use in compliance with the future land use plan” and also includes a commercial use that “compliments the neighborhood commercial scale of Main Street.”
“The mixed use development will help blend the development with its neighboring residential uses while also providing the commercial use for the changing Main Street corridor,” reads the filing paperwork.
The city’s planning and zoning commission will discuss the rezoning request and development plan for the property at its meeting on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.
•Council heard the second reading of legislation regarding the city’s annual street maintenance program. The city’s 2022 budget includes $300,000 for the program plus $75,000 for drainage improvements.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the program includes crack sealing several streets as well as repaving Briar Grove Drive. There are also improvements planned for Hickory Alley west of College Street and Hickory Alley east of Brook Alley.