The first residents are expected to start moving into Grove City's Beulah Park development late this summer.
"We are finally hitting on all cylinders and the development is taking shape," said Pat Kelley, managing partner with GC Beulah Investments.
The firm is the developer of the 212-acre mixed-use site that includes land that once was part of Beulah Park racetrack, which operated from 1923 to 2014.
Residents are expected to begin moving into the first units at Beulah Place -- a luxury-apartment and townhome development at the eastern entrance to the Beulah Park site near the extension of Columbus Street -- on or about Sept. 1, said Sarah Backiewicz, Beulah Park director.
Townsend Construction is Beulah Place's builder and the apartment and townhome development will be managed by Oakwood Management Co.
"The first building, with 48 units, is well under construction along with a state-of-the-art clubhouse," Backiewicz said.
The first phase of Beulah Place will include 264 units; another 120 units will be built in the second phase of the project, she said.
One- to three-bedroom units will be available, with monthly rents ranging from $900 to $1,900, Kelley said. Both attached and detached garages will be available.
On the opposite side of Columbus Street from Beulah Place, Epcon Communities is building seven sold homes and additional model homes for the Courtyards at Beulah Park, a development that will include 103 luxury ranch homes when it's completed.
Twenty-five of the home sites already have been sold and the first residents are expected to begin moving into their new homes in mid-August, Backiewicz said.
"These homes are selling from the low $300s to mid-$500s," she said. "These homes will be designed to offer low-maintenance living that will appeal to the 55-and-older crowd."
The Courtyards will offer a clubhouse, pool and fitness center and each home in the development will have a private courtyard, Backiewicz said.
Construction is expected to begin by early June for Danbury of Grove City, an 88-unit assisted-living development that will offer villas, studios and one- and two-bedroom homes, she said. Residents are expected to move into Danbury in May 2021.
Most of the Beulah Park development will be completed during an active first phase, Kelley said.
"We wanted to have a lot going on during the first phase to bring some immediate synergy to the project," he said.
A second phase for the project will include some retail and commercial development along with additional residential units, Kelley said.
Beulah Park ultimately will include about 900 residential units as part of a New Urbanism-style development, he said.
Beulah's proximity to the mix of retail and restaurants in Grove City's Town Center makes it an ideal location for a New Urbanist approach, which looks to offer residents walkable access to everything they need, Kelley said.
"We don't have to consider how to include a lot of retail and restaurant uses in our development," he said. "It's right there in the Town Center. The businesses in the Town Center will be happy to see all the people moving into Beulah Park and our residents will be happy to be able to walk easily to so many wonderful businesses, as well as all of the events and activities that normally take place in the Town Center."
Beulah Park's residential development actually will be six communities in one, each with a distinctive style and aimed at a different target market, Backiewicz said.
"One of the characteristics you're looking for in New Urbanism is to have a varied mix of people living within your development area," she said.
Pulte Homes began construction the week of May 18 on the model home for the Grove at Beulah Park. The first phase of this project will include 54 single-family homes ranging in price from about $300,000 to $375,000, Backiewicz said. The first residents of the Grove are expected to move into their new homes in October.
The Grove development will be on the western side of the Beulah Park development near the new Brookpark Middle School that South-Western City Schools plans to build as part of the second phase of its Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project, she said.
Other residential developments at Beulah Park will include the Paddock, which would offer 84 custom-built single-family homes.
Construction for the Paddock is set to begin in the next 60 days and residents would begin moving in at the end of 2020, Backiewicz said.
The Townhomes on Beulah Park will be an 82-unit community bordering the Beulah site along the south edge of the Beulah development, Kelley said.
Residents are expected to begin moving into the townhomes in summer 2021, Backiewicz said.
"Some of the homes in this development will have an inverted design, with the bedrooms on the first floor and the living room and even the kitchen on the second floor," Kelley said. "That will be done for those homes that have a view of the central park."
The 32-acre park, which will be developed by the city, will include the Southwest Franklin County Performing Arts Center, an outdoor amphitheater that will provide space for events such as small concerts, plays and classes, Kelley said.
"That's going to be an amenity not only for the residents who live in Beulah Park, but for the entire Grove City community," he said.
Beulah Park also will include a conservation area with paths that will connect directly to Grove City's Breck Community Park, 3005 Demorest Road.
Other elements planned for the Beulah Park development include a memorial arch at the main entrance to the development off Columbus Street and a memorial garden that will include a sculpture designed by Columbus architect Craig Murdock depicting horses leaving the starting gate.
"The entrance from the Columbus Street extension will really be the front door of the development," Backiewicz said.
"The sculpture will be a way to recognize the history of the Beulah Park racetrack and its significance for Grove City," Kelley said.
An upscale tavern, the Tack Room, is planned to open in spring 2021 just inside the main entrance to the Beulah development, he said.
An outdoor patio seating area with an ice-cream stand would be located adjacent to the tavern, Kelley said.
A second entryway to the development off Southwest Boulevard would maintain the original gatehouses from the racetrack, Backiewicz said.
More information about the Beulah Park development is available at a newly created website, beulahparkliving.com.