Grove City Record

Town Center Revitalization

Council OK's $50,000 for grant program


Grove City is continuing to invest in its downtown.

On Aug. 20, City Council voted to appropriate $50,000 from the general fund to the Town Center Commercial Revitalization Grant Program.

The program awards matching grants of up to $10,000 to businesses, nonprofits, not-for profits and property owners located within the commercial core of the Town Center.

The money can be used to fund improvements such as structural repairs, landscaping, window replacement, exterior lighting and furnishings and more.

"With this program, we certainly partner with our downtown businesses to make sure our downtown remains vibrant," said City Administrator and Development Director Chuck Boso. "It's an investment."

While the amount of money the city sets aside each year for the program varies and is dependent on demand, Boso said the appropriations budget for fiscal year 2012 included "$50,000 for the Town Center Commercial Revitalization Grant Program.

"We have awarded some $49,000 of that," he said.

Currently, the city is reviewing $29,000 worth of projects that have applied for matching funding through the program, Boso said.

City Council Aug. 20 also passed a resolution to authorize Boso to execute and file an application with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to acquire $7,500 in matching funds from the Housing and Community Development Block Grant Programs.

The money will be used to remove ash trees afflicted by the emerald ash borer and to replace them with new trees to maintain the canopy, Boso said.

"This is to partner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources," Boso said. "They've indicated we'll in fact be awarded (the money). ... That will be available Sept. 1."

Council Aug. 20 also approved development plans for a new Moo Moo Express Car Wash and drive-through at 2190 Stringtown Road, a new Mount Carmel Ambulatory Facility on approximately 20 acres at 5315-5325 Hoover Road and a 9,100 square-foot Dollar General store at 3440-3444 Broadway.