By Rick Palsgrove
City officials are looking to obtain tenants for the remaining available space in the still under construction Rarey’s Port building in downtown Groveport.
The Rarey’s Port building, located at 674 Main St., is part of the city-owned 1847 Main Project, which also includes the new Wert’s Grove building at 480 Main St. Construction is expected to be completed on the buildings in this spring.
Delaney’s Diner – a breakfast, lunch, brunch restaurant – will occupy 4,000 square feet of space in the building that also includes a patio on the west end of the Rarey’s Port structure. Groveport Development Director Jeff Green said city officials are working to fill the remaining space in the two story Rarey’s Port building.
Green said the city was approached by a health food business, a yoga studio, and a FedEx store as potential tenants for the building. But he said efforts are also being made to find other food oriented businesses for the site, including a donut shop, wine and craft beer outlet, and a market offering bulk foods, a deli counter, and artisan foods.
Councilman Scott Lockett said he did not think the city should necessarily exclude some businesses who inquired about the site because, “I’m worried about getting that space leased.”
“We’re trying to get something in there as quick as possible to get that space filled,” said Green.
Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert told Green that some potential businesses could also be directed to open storefronts in the Kroger Plaza on west Main Street.
Councilman Ed Dildine said the city must seek out a variety of businesses.
“We need to try and find the right fit and see more options,” said Dildine.
•Groveport City Council is considering legislation to fund $2 million for improvements to the Groveport Municipal Golf Course, 1005 Richardson Road. The improvements would include cart path replacement and the construction of new maintenance facility.
•Mayor Lance Westcamp and other city officials met with representatives of the Groveport Youth Athletic Association (GYAA) and Groveport Madison Schools to coordinate the use of athletic facilities. Westcamp said if GYAA needs to use some of the city’s ball fields “they are available.” Westcamp also said the city will sponsor a GYAA youth baseball team this season.
•Councilman Shawn Cleary asked why backstops have not been constructed on the two unused baseball fields in Groveport Park.
“Let’s make then usable,” said Cleary.
Dildine said, because the baseball diamonds were built so close together, that to construct backstops on them would be expensive for legal and safety reasons. He said there have been discussions about moving the dirt from the diamonds for use elsewhere.
“We’ll get some ideas on how to make those ball fields a usable space,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.