Rack em up: pool tables ok

Groveport Village Council found itself behind the eight ball, but then hit one into the corner pocket in sorting out whether or not to allow pool tables at a restaurant at The Links at Groveport Golf Course.

At its Aug. 27 meeting, council voted 4-3 to allow Papa Joe’s Pizza restaurant, located at The Links at Groveport, to convert its men’s locker room into an entertainment center that would include pool tables, darts, televisions, and virtual golf.

"This will help draw people in during the winter when golf season is over. Customers have indicated they want this," said Jason Norton of Papa Joe’s. "We want a year round operation and this would create a third revenue stream (besides the banquet and restaurant operations). "

Councilman Ed Rarey was skeptical stating, "This seems far removed from our (council’s) idea of a restaurant operation (at the village owned public golf course). This could be classified as a ‘pool room.’ I don’t see how a pool room would enhance what we’re trying to do at The Links. I’m also concerned with the noise it could create."

Norton replied, "This won’t be a smoky pool hall. We won’t allow an undesirable element. If it gets out of hand, I’ll shut it down."

Councilman Ed Dildine was in favor of the action.

"It’s a great use of the room," said Dildine. "It’ll bring money in plus give people an opportunity to do different things. We can monitor it."

Councilman Jim Staebler agreed stating, "It’s a strong idea and expands our recreational offerings."

Council members Dildine, Staebler, and Jan Stoots voted for creating the entertainment center while Rarey, Donna Drury, and Jean Ann Hilbert opposed it. Mayor Lance Westcamp broke the tie in favor of creating the entertainment room.

More commercial development

Another large commercial development is being planned for Groveport.

Council approved legislation outlining the nature of services to be provided for the annexation of 25.7 acres and 29.7 acres on the south side of Rohr Road west of State Route 317.

Duke Realty plans to build two industrial buildings – one 675,000 square feet and the other 567,000 square feet – on the Rohr Road sites similar to what has been built in the nearby Groveport Commerce Center.

"This would be consistent with other development in the area," said Councilman Ed Dildine.

Ebright Road overpass

Public Works Superintendent Dennis Moore said that, if everything stays on schedule, the new Ebright Road overpass across U.S. Route 33 should open sometime the first week of September.

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