Violet Township officials have yet to determine when they will relocate township administrative offices to the Wigwam retreat site, but events are being booked there.
Central Ohio members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints performed "A Night of Broadway" Feb. 22 and 23 before audiences in the Wigwam's 303-seat theater, marking the first event to be held at the historic compound since it was purchased by Violet Township from Wolfe Enterprises for $2.7 million last June.
Coming up, the venue at 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road Northwest will play host to the Pickerington Community Theatre's production of "Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS!" from March 29 through April 7.
Those shows will be a prelude to the first event to be held in the Wigwam's lodge banquet hall, which can seat 400 and now is available for rentals, including corporate conferences, weddings and other events.
"We have the first (banquet hall) event scheduled for the Lodge on March 30," said John Eisel, Violet Township director of operations.
"The Pickerington Food Pantry will be holding their annual gala fundraiser event in the lodge."
Theater shows and events such as the gala were part of the plan when the township purchased the Wigwam.
Township officials also intend to market roughly 10 acres of undeveloped land at the northern edge of the 63-acre site to businesses.
"We're continuing to explore all options for the 10 acres," said Holly Mattei, Violet Township development director. "Our vision is for hotel and office and upscale restaurant uses."
In the nearer future, officials plan to make the Wigwam headquarters for the township's administrative offices.
Those offices are at 12970 Rustic Drive, a property that will be put up for sale after the move. The township is investing approximately $1 million in renovations to relocate its government offices to the Wigwam.
Earlier this month, Eisel said he'd hoped the move would be done within the first quarter of 2019, but he wasn't sure when it will take place because the finishing touches and "punch-list items" still needed to be completed.
"We're still waiting for several things that are out of our hands that would permit us to move," Eisel said Feb. 11.
"(Materials) have been ordered. We've had commercial doors ordered for months. We're getting very close."
Asked Feb. 20 for a status update about the move, Eisel said, "Not as of yet. (We're) still waiting on several items."