Members of Grove City's city council told developers what they want to see in plans to redevelop downtown: more parking, more community space and more details.

Members of Grove City's city council told developers what they want to see in plans to redevelop downtown: more parking, more community space and more details.

Following its regular meeting May 20, council members met with representatives of the Pizzuti Cos. to discuss the firm's plan to redevelop the city's downtown Town Center.

Pizzuti previously presented a preliminary proposal for the development of commercial and residential property on the current site of City Hall, 4035 Broadway, and the adjacent former lumber yard. The project currently calls for one building to front Broadway, three additional buildings set behind it and a fifth building across Park Street.

Currently, the plan calls for 157 units, but Shannon Hamons, Pizzuti's vice president of the Columbus region, said they are trying to get that number down to about 140.

"That would put less pressure on the site as a whole," he said.

The plan calls for 9,100 square feet of retail space. Hamons said one restaurant, Jimmy V's Grill & Pub, has already given Pizzuti a letter of commitment to locate in the city and another restaurant has expressed a strong interest.

Parking would consist of 216 spaces, 58 on-site and 158 off-site.

Councilwoman Melissa Albright said she was not sure there would be enough parking, and that might affect existing businesses.

"The parking lot here (City Hall) is used by a lot of businesses," she said.

Hamons said Pizzuti has met with Town Center merchants.

"The largest and most abundant (comments) were around parking," he said. "There are parking issues and we are working to resolve them."

Council President Ted Berry said he does not like the current plan, adding there needs to be more community space.

"You need to create an atmosphere for these (new residents)," he said. "I don't see it in this plan."

Councilman Steve Bennett said he was concerned the project was in too much of a hurry. The city would not be able to move into the old Grove City Library site, 3359 Park St., until the new library is built at Broadway and Columbus Street.

"My concern is we're getting the cart before the horse," he said. "I'd say delay this a couple of years until you know what you're doing."

Bennett also said he wanted to see the number of studio apartments, currently 44, reduced, which Hamons said Pizzuti is working on.

Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said there are space issues at City Hall that need to be addressed soon.

"The practical side is we need to do something," he said. "We do have a sense of urgency."

Councilman Jeff Davis said visuals need to be presented, illustrating what the project would look like.

"I have no particular loyalty to this building if we get the return we want," he said.

Hamons called the current plan a "work-in-process."

"We'll bring a new plan to you by the end of June," he said.

In other business May 20:

* During its regular session, council approved a development plan for a Candlewood Hotel to be located at 3962 Jackpot Road and a preliminary development plan for a permanent building for the Olde Home Market at the southeast corner of Home and Old Home roads to replace the temporary seasonal market there.

The four-story, 40,000-square-foot, extended-stay hotel will have 73 rooms. The market, which will require approval of a final development plan, will be built to resemble a barn; it will be a 5,600-square-foot, two-story building, according to city staff reports.