More development planned for west Groveport Road

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor
Groveport City Council recently heard the first reading of legislation that could pave the way for the development of a restaurant and retail/office space on 2.9 acres on the southeast corner of Saltzgaber and Groveport roads.

developers wish to modify the existing development plan for 5630 Saltzgaber Road. The site is currently vacant land and zoned as planned industrial park.

One of the proposed project, which could begin construction in October 2024, calls for the construction of a 2,000 square foot restaurant with a drive-thru. Phase Two, with a start date to be determined, includes 10,900 square feet of commercial space for retail stores, office, and other businesses.

When warehousing was developed just south of this site a few years ago, this 2.9 acre site on the northernmost part of the property was set aside for future development, which could include: community facilities, recreation facilities, offices, retail sales, restaurants, shopping center, wholesalers, drive-in car wash, or residential.

The proposal to modify the existing development plan had been set to be discussed at the city’s July 1 planning and zoning commission meeting, but that meeting was cancelled as the developer needed more time.

According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, “The applicant is still working out potential road improvements to accommodate the development. We anticipate a resubmittal in the near future.”

Groveport City Council could consider the proposed legislation further at a future meeting.

About western Groveport Road

The Groveport Road corridor west of State Route 317 and extending to Alum Creek Drive is currently a mix of warehouses, small businesses, churches, and residences.

It is also an area of multiple governmental jurisdictions consisting of the city of Groveport, city of Obetz, Madison Township, and Franklin County.

The portions of Groveport Road in Obetz are primarily residential while the portions located in Groveport are mostly commercial/industrial. There are several large parcels of land that potentially could be further developed along the road.

Eight roads intersect with Groveport Road in the area between Groveport and Obetz: Bixby Road, Knight Street, Gobel Drive, and Prater/Edinburgh Drive in Obetz; Swisher Road in Franklin County; and Saltzgaber Road, Greenpointe Drive, and State Route 317 in Groveport.

A couple of years ago, the city of Groveport contracted with the IBI Group to create a Groveport Road Corridor Study to review west Groveport Road between Groveport and Obetz from State Route 317 to Bixby Road. The study stated the average daily traffic count for west Groveport Road in 2020 was 11,000 to 12,000 vehicles, but that number will rise by 55 percent to 17,000 by 2040.

Gateway Corridor Plan
In 2018, Groveport City Council approved the city’s Gateway Corridor Plan, which addresses both the Hamilton Road corridor between U.S. 33 and Bixby Road; and the Groveport Road corridor from State Route 317 west to Swisher Road.

The purpose of the Gateway Corridor Plan is to help the city to address: recommended land use, appropriate zoning, the overall aesthetic, what types of commercial development would best complement the existing industrial development, and what are the best land uses.

Regarding the Groveport Road corridor part of the Gateway Corridor Plan, the idea is to:

•Require all new industrial and commercial projects to include improvements to all streets within and adjacent to the district to address access issues.

•Establish an annexation plan and provide for extension of utilities along the full length of the Groveport Road corridor after annexation.

•Consider commercial development along Groveport Road west of Greenpointe Drive.

•Create a new overlay zoning district for properties abutting Groveport Road with special requirements for setbacks, buffering, access, entry point spacing, and landscaping.

•Review and expand the uses allowed for the area adjacent to the State Route 317/Groveport Road intersection to include commercial uses that complement the adjacent warehouse development as accessory or conditional uses.

According to the Gateway Corridor Plan, the city’s goals is to consider commercial development that would be compatible with existing industrial and other existing commercial development. This could include restaurants, gas stations, possibly last-mile logistics providers, and possibly mixed-use flex space.

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