During 2020, Grove City will focus much of its attention on the Beulah Park development area and the city's Town Center, Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said.

For the second time, Grove City will be the site of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's Parade of Homes.

The event this summer will spotlight new residences being built as part of the Beulah Park development.

In 2007, the Parade of Homes featured 11 residences in the Pinnacle development.

"At that time, the message the Parade of Homes event was sending was that Grove City now had all tiers of housing available. We were lacking the highest tier of homes before Pinnacle," Stage said.

This year's Parade of Homes will serve to show that five years after the Beulah Park racetrack closed, the redevelopment of that area is well underway, he said.

The development's proximity to the Town Center will help put a spotlight on Grove City's downtown as well, Stage said.

Work on the extension of Columbus Street from Broadway to the western portion of the Beulah Park development on Southwest Boulevard is expected to get underway in 2020, Stage said.

"Our land-acquisition agreements for the project are about 90% completed and once we get the last property purchases completed, we'll be ready to move forward with finalizing the plans for the project," he said.

A total of 18 properties and eight property owners are affected by the planned extension of Columbus Street. In some cases, the city is negotiating to purchase a portion of a property; in other instances, the city would be buying an entire parcel.

The central portion of the Beulah development will include a park and the city will be constructing an amphitheater adjacent to an existing lake in that area of the development.

The $3.5 million project will offer a state-of-the-art outdoor performance facility, Stage said.

The city applied for $1 million from the Ohio Capital Budget to help fund the project, he said.

"The amphitheater is really going to be a facility that will serve the entire southwest Franklin County area, not just Grove City," said Don Walters, the city's community relations manager.

"In the documents we submitted to the state, we referred to it as the Southwest Franklin County Performing Arts Center. There's nothing really like it in this part of the county," he said.

The goal is to have work on the amphitheater completed by the end of the year so the facility is available for events in spring 2021, Stage said.

Work is continuing to finalize the Town Center framework, with the final draft expected to be completed by the end of the year's first quarter, he said.

"This will be a document that will give us some broad definitions and guidelines to how we see future development evolving in the Town Center," Stage said.

The city is also planning to begin studies to create similar strategies guiding the vision for future development of the corridors at U.S. Route 62/state Route 665 and the Zuber/Hoover road area.

A project to improve Borror Road from Quail Creek Boulevard to state Route 104 will continue in 2020 and once the project is completed, the jurisdiction of the roadway will be transferred from Jackson Township to the city.

The project will widen Borror, add a single-lane roundabout at the intersection with Buckeye Parkway and install a pedestrian/bike path providing access to the Scioto Grove Metro Park.

The project's $6.9 million cost is being shared by the city, $1.2 million; the Franklin County Engineer's Office, $465,000; private developers, $927,500; and Ohio Public Works Commission loans and grant to the city and township totaling about $4.2 million.

"Ensuring safe travel on Borror Road is a prime issue and this project addresses that," Stage said. "It also will help us further define the bike and walking trail system we offer our community."

The rural nature of the road has put even more stress on it as the amount of traffic has increased, Jackson Township trustee Dave Burris said.

"It's a project we've been happy to work with the city to get done," he said. "The improvements on Borror will benefit the entire community."

In 2019, the township reached an agreement with Grove City in which the city will purchase new medic vehicles for the Jackson Township Fire Department as compensation for the additional fire and EMS runs that will result from the Beulah Park development.

The 212-acre mixed-use development is expected to include 264 apartment units, 104 ranch-style houses, 80 townhome condominiums, 94 assisted-living units and 256 single-family houses in its first phase. The first phase build out is planned to take two to three years.

By the time the second phase is completed in another seven to nine years, the development is projected to have up to 972 residences, along with commercial and office development.

The first medic vehicle will arrive in 2020 and a second will be purchased in 2025, Burris said. Each vehicle will cost about $320,000.

"These medics have all the latest bells and whistles," he said. "The new medic has a larger cot that can accommodate someone weighing up to 650 pounds. People are getting thicker around the middle these days, and the newer cots are designed for that."

The city will also complete a project in 2020 to improve Southwest Boulevard from Richard Avenue to Hoover Road.

"We'll be rebuilding the roadway and again further developing our bike trail system with this project." Stage said.

The city received a $1.4 million grant and $531,500 from OPWC to pay about most of the estimated $2,494,618 cost of the project.

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