Two companies will construct buildings that could bring nearly 200 additional jobs to Grove City.

Grove City Council on Oct. 21 approved development plans for a new 207,700-square-foot industrial, warehouse and distribution building Becknell Industrial will build at 6275 Seeds Road and a 109,000-square-foot building expansion Tigerpoly Manufacturing will add to its site at 6231 Enterprise Parkway.

The Seeds Road site is on 21.17 acres about one-half mile south of London-Groveport Road and adjacent to Interstate 71.

Although Becknell has not indicated how many employees will work at the Seeds Road site, the development plan provides parking for 192 single-shift employees or 128 employees for multishift capability.

The Carmel, Indiana-based, real estate development firm owns and operates 158 industrial properties in the U.S., including five on Southpark Place and Meadows Drive in Grove City.

The Grove City Planning Commission recommended approval of the development plan on Oct. 8 with nine stipulations, Grove City Development Director Kyle Rauch said.

The applicant will be required to gain a variance from the board of zoning appeals because the buildling's proposed height of 40 feet 6 inches is above the 35 feet permitted by city code, he said.

"That's not uncommon in today's market. People are going higher with their ceiling heights to be more efficient with their operations," Rauch said.

The developer also will be required to dedicate a portion of a parcel running along and including Seeds Road to the city for public right of way associated with improvements to the roadway, he said.

Several trees at the site have been identified as dead or diseased and will need to be removed, so the city is asking the developer to plant additional trees to fill in the area and provide additional screening to adjacent properties, Rauch said.

The planning commission added two stipulations related to the property's location adjacent to Interstate 71.

A white vinyl fence matching the character of the existing decorative fencing along the interstate will be extended along all of the Becknell property's I-71 frontage, Rauch said.

"We'd also like to see a rendering of how the site will look from the perspective of the highway," he said. "Being adjacent to the highway (the Becknell site) will be visible from I-71 and we want to make sure it's in character with what we want to see."

The developer is working with city staff to address the stipulations, said Amanda Spencer, senior project manager at Hull & Associates, the civic engineering company that prepared the development plan on behalf of Becknell.

The company has no problem with any of the stipulations, she said.

Tigerpoly's addition will be the sixth expansion it has made to its site since the Japanese company built its original Grove City facility in 1987.

The 109,000-square-foot addition will increase the total size of its Grove City complex to 371,020 square feet.

The expansion will accommodate additional office and warehouse space.

The company plans to add 50 employees after the expansion is completed, Rauch said.

The Grove City site is Tigerpoly's only U.S. production facility for producing rubber and plastic automotive parts. The company has 395 full-time employees at the site.

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