Developers are awaiting direction from the city council of Grove City over a proposal to relocate the city hall and the Grove City Library.
On Nov. 20, following its regular meeting, council heard a proposal from the Pizzuti Companies to relocate city hall, currently at 4035 Broadway, to the current site of the library, 3359 Park St., and to move the library to the corner of Broadway and Grant Street.
The project would also involve converting the current city hall space into commercial office and restaurant uses and the construction of three-story multi-family housing structures that would house 150-160 units at Broadway and Columbus Street.
"We think the community is ripe for development," said Shannon Hamons, vice president of the Columbus region for Pizzuti. "There appears to be a demand for multi-family housing and additional commercial development in the area."
The site of the residential buildings would also have between 6,000 and 8,000 square feet of retail space, and Hamons said there is interest from a restauranter.
The project would cost around $14 million.
"That's a risk we feel is worth taking," Hamons said. "We think the timing is right."
Hamons said moving the library would be the "catalyst" for redeveloping the town center. City hall, he said, creates a gap in the flow of businesses in the street.
"It's not a great generator of traffic," Hamons said.
The library, however, attracts significantly more people but is undersized and inefficient for the community's needs, he added.
The new library would be 48,000 square-feet, an increase from its current 33,000 square-feet facility.
"The building is going to make a statement that you've arrived in the town center," Hamons said.
The new municipal building would be 33,000 square feet and share functions with the public safety building, located across the street at 3360 Park St.
The public safety building is similarly not operating efficiently because of space issues, said Jennifer Son of Braun & Steidl Architects, which is working with Pizzuti.
"It is a facility that is also bursting at the seams," she said.
The former lumber behind city hall, Hamons said, would be kept as green space, but in a few years, it might be used for another office and retail building while keeping some green space.
Hamons said details have not been finalized.
"We have not purchased any property and are still negotiating," he said.
Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said he "loves" the project.
"It has all the elements to take us into the next 50 years," he said.
Stage said he and City Administrator Chuck Boso would work to bring to a council legislation to that would give Pizzuti guidance about proceeding.
Council will be holding a special session after its next meeting to discuss the proposal, the upcoming year's capital improvements program and other projects.
The city has tentatively set aside $8 million for public improvements related to the town center project, but that requires final approval from council along with the budget.