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Developer plans meetings on Town Center plans

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Pizzuti Cos. is seeking to gather feedback from Grove City residents, businesses and officials as it shapes its redevelopment proposal for the town center.

Following City Council's regular meeting on Monday, May 6, representatives from the Pizzuti Cos. gave a presentation about the company's plans to redevelop Grove City's Town Center.

Speaking for Pizzuti were James Russell, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Shannon Hamons, vice president of the Columbus region.

At the meeting, Pizzuti showed plans to develop a mix of commercial retail and residential space, including 130-140 multifamily units, on the existing site of City Hall, 4035 Broadway, and the adjacent former lumberyard. The graph presented by Pizzuti showed four buildings on the site, plus a fifth across Park Street.

"We want to create an environment for young professionals and the semi-retired (or) retired individuals," Hamons said. "We have several restraunteurs who are extremely interested. We'd like to get two."

Russell said the company plans to bring a refined plan back to the city for approval by the end of June.

"This (plan) is a starting point," Russell said. "This is not a cookie-cutter multifamily project. ... It's really what we'd like to bring to Grove City."

In the meantime, Russell said Pizzuti plans to meet with the merchants of the Town Center and the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce and hold a workshop with the members of City Council to solicit feedback from all groups.

Pizzuti also plans to conduct a public open house for the community.

"We're not afraid of public input," Russell said. "It's important we have projects that fit into the community."

Hamons said the company also is engaging an architect and plans to have more specific design features to present in the next few weeks.

Council members said they had some concerns.

"This little green space is not enough," said Council President Ted Berry. "We don't have open gathering space downtown."

Councilman Steve Bennett said he has concerns about overparking and what impact that might have on the existing merchants downtown.

Councilwoman Melissa Albright said she was glad the community was getting the chance to weigh in on the project before it's finalized.

"Obviously, tearing down City Hall is an emotional decision," Albright said. "This is going to be a tough decision, but I think we're going down the right path."

Last year, council approved a preliminary development plan presented by Pizzuti that would relocate the Grove City Library from 3359 Park St. to the intersection of Broadway and Grant Avenue, move City Hall from 4035 Broadway to the current library site, to allow for retail and restaurant use of the existing City Hall property, and for building four multi-family residential buildings at Broadway and Columbus Street.

However, while the library portion of the project has been progressing, the other aspect of the plan hit a snag earlier this year when Pizzuti decided the economics of developing at Broadway and Columbus were no longer viable.

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