Parking needs could lead to demolition of KidSpace

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport is considering ways to find more public parking in its historic downtown.

A large capital project in the proposed 2023 city budget includes potentially demolishing KidSpace, located at 630 Wirt Road, and replacing it with additional public parking at a cost of $500,000.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said several downtown area businesses have expressed a need for more public parking and the city is looking at its options.

He said city officials will not make a decision on demolishing KidSpace until, “We have a firm home for the kids’ programs housed there. No KidSpace programs will be sacrificed.”

He said a possible home for the KidSpace programs could be Groveport Town Hall at 648 Main St.

Currently the public parking lots south of Main Street are often full.

“We’re looking at how to fulfill our need for more parking downtown,” said King.

King said the timing of when the proposed demolition of KidSpace would take place and when the parking spaces would be added is to be determined.

“Assuming the budget is approved, we would proceed with getting design quotes for the project,” said King. “I anticipate this would occur in mid-summer 2023.”

King said the number of new parking spaces that would be created is to be determined after all requirements are put into the plan.

“The plan would be designed once an engineering firm is hired for the project,” said King.

King said the $500,000 cost is for the entire project, including demolition of KidSpace and parking lot construction.

The building was built in 1955 and was originally the Groveport Municipal Building for many years and later was home to the senior center. KidSpace moved into the building in the early 2000s after the senior center moved to the Groveport Recreation Center.

According to King, there are other cost factors to consider regarding the KidSpace building as the 67-year-old structure has leaks, needs a new roof at an estimated cost of $70,000, and the HVAC system needs to be replaced.

The KidSpace building also includes two public art works – a mural on an interior wall depicting Groveport during the Ohio and Erie Canal era and a Groveport Elementary student art project on an exterior wall. When asked if these art works would be saved, King said, “This is all based on the condition of the murals and the design of the project. This will be determined during design of the project.”

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