Special meeting planned to discuss Harris Farm development proposal

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

Grove City Council agreed to postpone a final development plan for a large residential community. This action was taken at the June 17 meeting.

The council voted to hold off on approval of the Harris Farm property development plan until mid-July, after a planned special meeting to further discuss the proposal. The Harris property is located at the northwest corner of London Groveport Road and Borror Road. The development plan calls for the construction of 266 housing units in four different subareas on 96.3 acres of land.

Councilwoman Jodi Burroughs said when this plan was introduced, several current council members were not serving, so a special meeting would allow them to review the proposal in more detail before voting on the matter.

A preliminary plan for this project was approved in 2022. In the summer of 2023, the council approved legislation to rezone the farm property from single-family to planned unit development. This change in zoning cleared a path for the developer, Joe Ciminello and the Ciminello Land Company, to build a mix of homes on the site.

The property is currently used for agriculture, but the Grove City 2050 land use plan designates this area for suburban living, with medium to high density housing.

When the rezoning proposal plan was approved, two council members voted against it and those two council members are still serving – Christine Houk and Mark Sigrist. They both had concerns about the added traffic and infrastructure. At the time, Houk said the traffic issues in the area would require a multi-jurisdictional effort to resolve. She said those infrastructure questions should be answered before the project moves forward.

During the rezoning hearing, several community members also spoke in opposition of the development plan, saying there are too many traffic issues in that area and adding nearly 300 homes would only exacerbate the problem.

During the planned special meeting, not only will council members and the developer discuss the plan, but they will also discuss a tax increment financing (TIF) plan that could be used to make infrastructure improvements in the area. Ciminello has been working with the city’s administration to finalize a TIF agreement. That agreement will need council approval.

The special meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 8 at City Hall. It is open to the public. Council is scheduled to vote on the final development plan at its regular meeting on July 15.

 

 

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