Grove City Council soon will be asked to approve the rezoning of the 212-acre site of the proposed Beulah Park redevelopment project.
The planning commission voted at a special March 22 meeting to recommend council approve rezoning the project area to Planned Unit Development-Commercial and Planned Unit Development-Residential.
The project area encompasses 47 parcels on the south side of Southwest Boulevard, east of Demorest Road, and includes the former site of the Beulah Park racetrack.
The proposed mixed-use development would include office and commercial uses, assisted-living and single- and multi-family residences within nine subareas. The development would also include community park space.
"This whole project is based on the principles of intelligent urbanism," said Pat Kelley, managing partner with GC Beulah Investments, the project's developer.
The proposed development meets all of the requirements set forth in the city's Beulah Park Conceptual Framework and the recently adopted Grove City 2050 comprehensive plan, he said.
"The reason we meet those requirements is because this is designed to create sustainability, walkability and connectivity," Kelley said.
Nine subareas and three park/open spaces are proposed for the development.
The subareas include:
* Subarea A: Located along the northern portion of the site, south of Southwest Boulevard, this section would have permitted uses including research and development, light manufacturing and business services, both in office and retail.
* Subarea B: In the southeastern portion of the site on the north side of Cleveland Avenue, a mix of commercial uses would be permitted in this section. Uses would include specialty retail/boutiques /food stores, restaurants, taverns, personal-service businesses, home-furnishing stores and small-scale offices.
* Subarea C: An area of single-family residences with enhanced architecture and garages accessed from rear alleys when a house is fronting on a public open space. This section is located north of the central open space of the project area.
* Subareas D (on the southwest section of the site) and E (west and south of the central open space): These sections would offer 60-foot wide lots for single-family residences. A 2.64-acre portion known as subarea E2 would have 90-foot wide lots with minimum house sizes of 2,400 square feet.
* Subarea F: Located on about 20.7 acres east of the central open space, this section would feature attached and detached condominiums.
* Subarea G: Located in the southern portion of the site, primarily along the existing Beulah subdivision, this section would feature multifamily townhomes.
* Subarea H: In the eastern portion of the site, featuring multifamily apartments.
* Subarea I: Proposed for the northwest 10.2 acres of the site with permitted uses to include institutional (assisted- and independent-living spaces or memory care); multifamily condominiums and office uses.
A zoning text submitted with the application includes proposed uses and standards for each subarea and site standards such as public art, entrance features at all public roadway entrances to the site and requirements for public roadways including traffic-calming techniques, said Kim Shields, community development manager.
The recommended rezoning was forwarded to council with eight stipulations, including that all houses built in subareas C and E2 must be reviewed and approved by an architectural review board and that residences built above garages only be allowed in subarea C where the house is located off of an alley.
Council approved a preliminary plan for the development in December 2017.
"Our goal is to bring in a final development plan before the zoning gets voted on by council," said Donald Plank, an attorney representing the applicant.