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Grove City Planning Commission

Hotel, produce market ideas pass first hurdle

City Council set to hear first readings of concept plans May 22

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Last week, the Grove City Planning Commission gave its blessing for a pair of development projects, one for a hotel and the other for a market.

On May 7, the planning commission unanimously recommended that City Council approve a development plan for a new Candlewood Hotel at 3962 Jackpot Road, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Killdeer Drive and Jackpot.

The four-story, 40,000-square-foot, extended-stay hotel will have 73 rooms and a gazebo along with 73 parking spaces: 60 on site and an additional 13 on property to the south because of to a parking agreement, according to a staff report from the city's development department dated May 6.

The commission's approval comes with some stipulations, including the dedication of .0031 acre at the northwest corner of the site for future intersection improvements to better accommodate area truck traffic.

Representing the owners of the property, Sai Hotels LLC based in Tennessee, was Tom Schnippel of Schnippel Construction Inc., the general contractor and engineer for the project.

"We have no problems with the stipulations," Schnippel said.

Pending council's approval of the project, Schnippel said the plan is to begin construction as soon as possible with the goal of opening in the spring of 2014.

"As fast as we can get it done," he said.

The planning commission also voted to recommend approval of a preliminary development plan for a market at the southeast corner of Home and Old Home roads to replace the temporary seasonal market there.

According to a development department staff report, the market would "sell locally grown produce, some of which will be grown on site, as well as locally produced meats and cheeses, and furniture and home decorations."

The report also notes fresh produce will be delivered from the site to local companies.

The report states the building will be structured to resemble a barn; it will be a 5,600-square-foot, two-story building. The site will have 25 parking spaces.

The planning commission also unanimously approved plans to split a lot owned by Grove City United Methodist Church. The lot, 2635 La Rosa Drive, is .227 acres in size and located at the northeast corner of the church's property, 2650 Columbus St. The lot was originally a separate, single-family residential property before being combined in 2005 with the larger church parcel.

A city staff report indicates the church plans restore the parcel to its "original configuration and purpose."

"We no longer have use of that property ... and we're looking to sell it off," said Thomas Danklefsen, executive pastor at the church.

City Council is scheduled to hear first readings of the development plans for the hotel and market at its meeting on May 22. The lot split for the church does not require council action.

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