'Green industrial park' takes another step
Recycling facility will use one-quarter of SWACO's waste to power the planned park
The planned recycling facility and green industrial park in Grove City has taken another step forward.
On Oct. 21, Grove City Council voted 4-0 to rezone 363 acres for the project near Interstate 71 and state Route 665.
The property is a owned by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and the rezoning will SWACO to lease it to Team Gemini, a Florida company, to construct the facility and park. The new zoning, Planned-Use Industrial, also creates a new zoning text in the city code that establishes development and building standards for the entire site. It previously was previously zoned for Industrial, Planned-Use Industrial Recreational and Planned-Use Commercial.
City Council President Ted Berry, whose employer Ohio State University is involved with the project, recused himself from the vote.
The recycling facility will tap into the SWACO waste stream and convert the materials into green products and energy that be made in and power the industrial park. Initially, the facility will utilize about 25 percent of SWACO's waste stream, or 250,000 tons annually, said Doug Haughn, co-founder of Team Gemini and a Grove City native.
"Our long-term goal is to expand the facility to use all the waste that comes in," Haughn said. "Everything is clean and self-sufficient."
Haughn said Team Gemini hopes to break ground before the end of the year with the first phase in operation in two years.
"The whole project should be completed in about three or four years," he said. "We've all worked very long and hard on this project ... (and) we're looking forward to a very successful project."
The project is expected to create 300 to 400 new jobs.
City Administrator Chuck Boso said the city conservatively estimates the project will generate $300,000 a year in income tax revenue.
In other news from the Oct. 21 City Council meeting:
* John Hensley, commander of Grove City Chapter 144 of Disabled Veterans of America, addressed council about the organization as well as an upcoming event it is hosting.
"We support the people who support us ... (to) get the veterans what they deserve," he said.
Disabled Veterans of America works with veterans and their families to ensure they access the full range of benefits available to them, speaking on their behalf to the government and educating the public about their service and needs. The Grove City branch was founded in 2006 and has 177 members.
"Grove City has a strong reputation for military," Hensley said. "We work for the veterans, and it is our privilege to work with the city."
Hensley said the Grove City Chapter 144 of Disabled Veterans of America will be holding a Veterans Day dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11, at the Golden Corral, 2005 Stringtown Road. Veterans will eat for free, he said, and have a chance to join the organization.
More information about Disabled American Veterans is available at dav.org.
* Council authorized the Charitable Solicitations Board to issue a permit to the Ohio Newsboys Association. The organization will be collecting donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, at the intersections of Broadway and Park Street, Stringtown Road and Thistlewood and Stringtown Road and Hoover Road.