Groundbreaking for the new Jackson Township Fire Station is expected to occur by the end of the month.

Groundbreaking for the new Jackson Township Fire Station is expected to occur by the end of the month.

At the start of the Jackson Township trustees meeting Jan. 15, Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage presented the township with a check from the city for $2,552,032.60 to go toward the construction of Fire Station 204, to be located at 4900 Buckeye Parkway. The new station will be the township's fourth.

"It's been several years in the planning stage," said Trustee Chairman David Burris. "We're going to have a nice, nice facility. ... It's an area that really is in need of fire coverage."

Grove City's financial contribution to the station comes from its Pinnacle tax-increment financing district, which was established in 2004.

"We've had an excellent relationship with Jackson Township over the years," Stage said. "We made sure the township was taken care of with this TIF."

The groundbreaking for the new facility is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, but that is weather dependent, said Township Administrator Mike Lilly.

In 2010, Jackson Township was awarded a federal stimulus grant of $1.4 million to go toward construction of the new station.

In December, the trustees voted to award the construction contract for the station to Robertson Construction Services, which came in at the lowest base bid out of 11 companies, at just under $2.43 million. The station as designed by the architect firm Mull & Weithman of Columbus and is intended to have gold LEED certification.

The total cost of the station -- including land and equipment -- is just under $4 million.

The station is currently scheduled to open in September.

In other trustee news Jan. 15, the board voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Franklin County Landbank. which buys vacant dilapidated properties to raze and reclaim the land.

According to information presented at the meeting, the memorandum is being circulated around the county to establish a formal inter-governmental framework.

"If the landbank acquires a property (in Jackson Township), we have the first right of refusal to acquire it," Lilly said. "It's a tool."

Lilly said there are about a dozen vacant properties in the township, but based on the required criteria, only one or two would eligible for the landbank.