By Rick Palsgrove
Though 2021 is just two months old, the city of Groveport is making progress on its capital improvement projects and purchases scheduled for this year.
Here is a status update of the projects:
•The water plant security system and cameras were installed at a cost of $14,032.
•Evaluating the scope of the work and design process for the $400,000 street maintenance program is underway. The work, ranging from milling and filling to spot repair to crack sealing to microsurfacing, includes the following streets: Church Street; Baygrove Court; Edge Grove Drive; Brook Alley; Hickory Alley; Buckeye Alley; Maple Street; and Hilly Alley (concrete replacement). Curb and sidewalk repair are being considered for Blacklick Street.
•Design work is nearing completion for the $1.5 million West Bixby Road pavement rehabilitation, phase 2.
•Construction was suspended until spring for the $516,000 intersection improvements at South Hamilton Road and Higgins/Directors boulevards. Final paving and traffic signal equipment is expected to be in place by May.
•A contractor will paint the traffic signal poles on Main Street at a cost of $15,072 when the weather warms up.
•The design is complete for the $35,000 in sidewalk curb ramp upgrades, which will be completed as part of the street maintenance program.
•Projects for the water system include: $100,000 for the study and site selection for a new elevated water storage tank that in 2022 will require an additional $1.1 million expenditure to construct; and $10,000 in fire hydrant upgrades.
•On Jan. 11, Groveport City Council approved the purchase of two police cruisers and equipment at a cost of $78,491.
•At Groveport Town Hall, $15,000 in brick tuckpointing will be done this spring and $120,000 in elevator upgrades and $9,000 for a safety harness for use on the roof are planned.
•At the Groveport Municipal Golf Course, $50,000 in cart path replacement and $25,000 for a well pump casing and irrigation are planned.
•At the Groveport Recreation Center, $18,000 for roof hatch and access ladders will be done this spring; $20,000 to power wash and caulk the outdoor aquatic center will be done this spring; at the indoor pool, $14,000 to re-tile swim lanes, $60,000 for the ventilation room, and $30,000 to replace the main pump are planned.
•The list of sidewalks slated for replacement will be determined this spring. The cost for this project is $50,000.
2400 Rohr Road project amendment
Groveport City Council is considering a request for an amendment to the plan for the development at 2400 Rohr Road.
The original plan by BSTP Midwest, LLC was approved by council in 2019 for its lots 1, 2, and 3. According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, a turn lane is needed to access lots 1 and 3, but Pizzuti Companies now possesses the 20.75 acre lot 2, which by itself does not need a turn lane. Pizzuti is requesting the turn lane requirement for its lot be removed from the plan. Pizzuti intends to build two industrial buildings on the lot.
The plan shows two proposed warehouses on lot 2 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.
According to a Dec. 21 letter from BSTP Midwest, LLC in support of Pizzuti’s request, Pizzuti plans to develop its site prior to the development of lots 1 and 3 (about 12 acres), of which BSTP Midwest, LLC has retained ownership. The letter states BSTP Midwest, LLC’s plans for its lots have not changed, but its development schedule is not yet determined. According to the development plan, BSTP Midwest, LLC plans to build a fuel center and convenience store on lots 1 and 3
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.