Grove City had reason to celebrate Monday night.

Grove City had reason to celebrate Monday night.

At the City Council meeting Oct. 15, Community/Business Relations Officer Don Walters announced that Grove City had been selected as Ohio Magazine's Best Hometown of central Ohio for 2012-2013.

Ohio Magazine selected a city from each of Ohio's five regions based on categories such as community spirit, education, attraction, events, safety, business environment, culture and heritage.

Mayor Richard "Ike"Stage said the designation was an honor for the residents and business owners of the city.

"We are proud of our small town feel while we continue to grow," Stage said in the release. "Receiving this recognition as 'Best Hometown' is what we work to accomplish every day."

The Ohio Magazine issue with Grove City on the cover will be available on newsstands Tuesday, Oct. 23. Additional Grove City stories will be featured in magazine's January and July issues of 2013.

Developments OK'd

City Council Oct. 15 also approved a pair of development plans recommended by the planning commission earlier this month.

The first plan calls for a long-term care nursing facility to be located at the southeast corner of Buckeye Parkway and Blue Star Drive.

The facility will feature 99 beds and be located on 9.66 acres of land just off an extension of Blue Star Drive that will be built by Rockford Homes, the company that owns the property, as the facility is developed.

The land is currently a large, open field that was originally identified for single-family home use in the 2003 Meadow Groves development plan. But city staff indicated the facility will not be detrimental to present and potential future surrounding uses and that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure it will not negatively affect the area's character.

The second development plan will see the construction of a 3,777-square-foot building for the Grove City Kids Association at Murfin Fields, 4570 Haughn Road.

The facility, according to a city staff report, will be used for offices and meeting space and will also have a concession area and wheelchair accessible indoor restrooms. The removal of two existing structures will be necessary to construct the new building adjacent to the courtyard.

Rec center study delayed

Council also was scheduled to a second reading and vote of an ordinance that would see the city spend $40,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a potential community recreation center.

Grove City currently does not have a community recreation center, and according to the language of the ordinance, the need for such a center ranked highly among residents who participated in last year's Parks and Recreation Open Space Comprehensive Plan community survey.

However, council voted unanimously to delay a vote on the appropriation of money for the study until its meeting Nov. 19.

Councilman Steve Bennett, chairman of the council finance committee, said there are still some issues to work out before authorizing the study.