By Rick Palsgrove
A proposed warehouse development along Saltzgaber and Groveport roads has temporarily stalled.
Fed One Properties XVII, LLC asked the Groveport Planning and Zoning Commission to table the company’s request to rezone 21.4 acres to planned industrial park and 3.9 acres to select commercial planned district. The land, located at 5770 Saltzgaber Road on the southeast corner of Groveport and Saltzgaber roads, is currently zoned as rural. The Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to table the rezoning request until its June meeting.
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.
Groveport Building Official Stephen Moore said an additional approximately 11 acres at the south end of the property is not part of the proposed development and it would remain zoned as rural.
According to the rezoning application, plans call for one vehicle entry point to the commercial 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.
Moore said the attorney for the developer requested the rezoning application be tabled so they could meet with city representatives to address issues raised in the city’s staff report about the plan. One issue the city questions is that the plan calls for only one vehicle access point to the property.
The city staff report also notes Groveport has commissioned a Gateway Corridor Study that includes this area. The Gateway Corridor Study focuses on the Hamilton Road/State Route 317 corridor between U.S. Route 33 and Bixby Road and Groveport Road from State Route 317 west to Swisher Road. The study will address future commercial development concepts and is not a traffic study.
Groveport City Councilwoman Becky Hutson, who also serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission, said she prefers to wait on the results of the Gateway Corridor Study before discussing the rezoning request for the Saltzgaber Road property.
“We should have the corridor study results by May 21 or 22,” said Hutson. “We’ll see how it all rolls out then.”
The Planning and Zoning Commission could discuss the Saltzgaber Road development project further at its June 4 meeting at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.