By Rick Palsgrove
Another large warehouse could sprout in Groveport as plans are being made to commercially develop 25.3 acres at 5770 Saltzgaber Road.
The land, located along the east side of Saltzgaber Road and south of Groveport Road, is currently zoned rural. Fed One Properties XVII, LLC, is requesting 21.4 acres be rezoned to planned industrial park and 3.9 acres be rezoned to select commercial planned district.
Groveport Building Official said an additonal approximately 11 acres at the south end of the property would remain zoned as rural.
The developer is proposing to build a 310,000 square foot warehouse on the 21.4 acres.
It has not been announced what is planned for the 3.9 acres at the north end of the property, but the rezoning would allow businesses such as community facilities, educational facilities, business offices, retail, small item service and repair, financial services, services such as barber shops or photography, printing services, wholesaling and storage establishments, wholesaling of goods, and retail sales within a warehouse.
According to the rezoning application, plans call for one vehicle entry point to the development on Saltzgaber Road near its intersection with Groveport Road. Plans also propose widening Saltzgaber Road. Any design improvements to the Saltzgaber Road /Groveport Road intersection are subject to recommendations from a pending traffic study.
The city’s planning and zoning commission will discuss the Saltzgaber Road development project at its May 7 meeting at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.
Gateway Corridor Study
The city of Groveport has contracted with James Hartzler, AICP, at a cost of $8,800, to conduct a Gateway Corridor Study focusing on the Hamilton Road corridor between U.S. Route 33 and Bixby Road and Groveport Road from State Route 317 west to Swisher Road.
“Hamilton Road and Groveport Road are both gateways into the city,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall. “The project will establish basic concepts for development and re-development within these two gateway corridor areas.”
She said the study will address commercial development along these corridors.
When asked if the regular traffic back ups on Groveport Road and State Route 317 generated the study, and if the study will make recommendations on road widening, traffic control devices, intersection improvements, and other roadway improvements, Hall said, “No. While traffic patterns are mentioned in the study, the study was initiated due to interest in the area. This is not a traffic safety study. It is a document that can be used to address land development issues.”
Hall said the study is expected to be completed in May. She said, once the study is finalized, Hartzler will make a presentation to Groveport City Council, possibly at council’s committee of the whole meeting on May 21.