More development, heavy truck parking, and warehouses

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

More development is coming to the Rohr Road/Alum Creek Drive area.
On Aug. 26, Groveport City Council approved a development plan by Derik Leary and BSTP Midwest, LLC to build a fuel center and convenience store – potentially a Thornton’s – on approximately 32 acres at 2400 Rohr Road at the northeast corner of Alum Creek Drive and Rohr Road.

“They are proposing a fueling center with a convenience store and quick serve restaurant (on 10.37 acres of the property),” according to Groveport Building Official Stephen Moore.

The plan also shows two proposed warehouses on 20.42 acres at the north end of the site. One is proposed to be 157,500 square feet the other is proposed to be 195,000 square feet. No building has been proposed on the 1.43 acre retail outlot at this time.

According to a letter to Moore from BSTP Midwest, the proposed Thornton’s will be “their large format convenience store with an integrated quick service restaurant.” The letter states there would be 16 fueling positions for automobiles, eight commercial diesel fueling lanes, and a parking area.

Groveport Development Director Jeff Green said there is a 15 year property tax abatement on this property. He added he is not able to determine how much income tax revenue the city could expect from this type of development at this point.

“The service station/convenience store adds more services to the Rickenbacker/Alum Creek corridor area and the warehouses offer additional tax revenue from a property that has sat vacant for many years,” said Green.

Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst also noted that Franklin County and the city of Groveport are undertaking a “major roadway improvement” at the Rohr Road/Alum Creek Drive intersection that is expected to be constructed in 2020.

Residential heavy truck parking
Council is reconsidering recently passed legislation that restricts heavy trucks from parking in the city’s residential areas after residents Kim Marsee and Tony Gullett recently questioned the law stating it caused “a hindrance and a hardship on some small business owners.”

The current law does not allow trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more to be parked on residential city streets or in driveways between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Also under the current law, restricted heavy vehicles may be present when work or deliveries are being done as long as the vehicles are not parked for 12 hours or more.

Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon has drafted a proposed change to the ordinance that would prohibit the trucks from being parked on the city’s residential streets and alleys, but not restrict them from being parked on private property. Council plans to discuss the proposed change at its committee of the whole meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

City officials said the original legislation arose because of problems with some large vehicles parking in multiple city neighborhoods. The big trucks block streets causing traffic congestion and making it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through. The weight of the vehicles may damage residential streets and there are also issues of aesthetics.

South Hamilton Road warehouses
Council is considering a developer’s final plat to build two warehouses at 4450 and 4490 South Hamilton Road. One plat is for 20.9 acres and the other is for 23.5 acres.

The Pizzuti Companies plan to build the two warehouses on 44.4 acres at 4500 S. Hamilton Road. One warehouse would be 324,000 square feet and the other would be 252,000 square feet. Traffic going in and out of the development will use the traffic signal at South Hamilton Road (State Route 317) and Higgins Boulevard/Director’s Boulevard. Plans call for improvements to, and modernization of, that intersection.

Green said the properties have a 15 year property tax abatement.

Green said existing zoning allows for warehouses to be built on the South Hamilton Road site and that the buildings fit with the city’s Gateway Corridor Plan. He said if retail businesses were built there it could create continuous traffic all day on South Hamilton Road.

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