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Grove City Town Center Redeveloping with New Apartment Buildings

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Grove City will become the latest Columbus suburb to go “urban” with new development projects that refocus on the core area of their historic town center. On Monday, representatives from Pizzuti presented a plan to build four new buildings featuring 120 apartment units behind the existing City Hall building on Broadway, which will also be renovated to include space for a ground-floor restaurant tenant.

The redevelopment of Grove City’s “Town Center” area has been in the works for quite some time, dating back to at least 2008 when officials began working on a reimagining of specific development sites.

“Sometimes you want these things to move forward more quickly than they do, but we feel that we came up with a plan that everyone is excited about,” said Shannon Hamons, Vice President of Pizzuti Solutions. “We’ve had public meetings and work sessions with residents, merchants, city council members and the chamber of commerce. We feel this plan will create more vibrancy and attract more people Downtown.”

The four apartment buildings will feature a mix of 72 one-bedroom units and 48 2-bedroom units. The existing City Hall building that will be remodeled for a restaurant tenant will retain office space on the second floor so that not all city departments will be required to move out immediately.

Another portion of the larger project includes the development of a new public library building on the northern end of the Grove City Town Center area. Pizzuti is also managing that project, but the city of Grove City will develop and manage the library.

Next Tuesday, Pizzuti will seek resolution of support for the development from City Council, which will allow the developer to move forward with acquisition negotiations prior to beginning construction.

“Conceivably, it’s going to be late winter or early spring before we start construction if things go well,” explained Hamons, who previously served as the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Delaware. “18 months is a realistic construction timeframe, but the four buildings could be phased in with the first one completed within a year from start. There’s still a lot of details still to work out.”

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Preliminary renderings by Braun & Steidl Architects.

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10 Responses to Grove City Town Center Redeveloping with New Apartment Buildings

  1. dubdave00 August 29, 2013 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm

    Speaking as someone who has lived here barely a year, it’s nice to see.

    I feel like the city really needs to work on attracting some sort of education thing to the town center in order to focus the demographics. The big difference between their town center and like Dublin or Gahanna’s, is the feeling when walking around. Primarily due to GC’s older, mostly white residents (As well as the occasional rural resident visitor), the town center feels more like a small town than a place I want to hang out in at night. Not trying to hate on that, but it’s far from the emerging vibrant feelings you get from historic Dublin or Gahanna or many other burbs.

    Between the Arts in the Alley and the commitment to the arts from Southwestern schools, maybe if GC worked to attract a chain college like The Art Institute to downtown Grove City, that might focus the demographics a bit more. Totally talking out of my ass on that. No idea how hard something like that is… Just saying that some post-high school, art-focused institution would do wonders and it would probably get a lot of community support too.

  2. MorningToast
    MorningToast August 29, 2013 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been a GC resident for only 10 years and this development looks nice but what I can’t help but notice is that all the wonderful public parking that is available now looks to be eliminated.

    Going to downtown GC for festivals and stuff is nice largely because getting there is easy, accessible and free. It’s a catch-22 of sorts…to be a bigger attraction you need nicer buildings, etc but the last thing you want is for parking to be a pain in the ass like it is in Grandview or the Short North.

    Little stops me from going to events more than lack of easy parking. I want to support my community and participate but if it’s a hassle to find a place to park then it’s just not worth it.

    Hopefully these new plans are keeping this in mind.

  3. Josh Lapp
    joshlapp August 29, 2013 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm

    Looks to be a parking lot with hundreds or thousands of spots just a few minutes walk away…

    Kudos to Pizutti and Grove City for making this kind of development happen. Walkable neighborhoods shouldn’t just be in the center city, they should be all over the region!

  4. Walker Evans
    Walker August 29, 2013 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm

    I’m not a resident of Grove City, so take this for what it’s worth… ample parking with little to do is not drawing me there as a visitor to attend festivals, events or spend money.

    I’ll spend an extra 5 minutes looking for a parking spot if I’m given a good reason to go there. Hope to see a great restaurant in that space!

  5. dubdave00 August 29, 2013 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm

    When GC gets to “Short North” status, we’ll worry about parking.

    In the meantime, let’s just get it to the point where somebody outside Grove City might want to go, live, or work there.

  6. Jason Powell
    jpizzow August 29, 2013 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm

    The apt buildings resemble every other suburban type mega (except, in this case, mini) apt community with buildings surrounded by yards and parking lots, which really doesn’t scream “urban” to me and only slightly more walkable. I can see why they are not going with structured parking, so that they don’t price out their target market. Oh well. Better than nothing. It’s a start.

  7. rdmeeker
    rdmeeker August 30, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am

    This looks like a good addition to downtown Grove City and hopefully it’ll spark more similar development.

    As a long-time Grove City hater (Golden Falcons 4eva), it pains me to say that I think GC has a lot going for it. There are a few little places on Broadway worth a visit for outsiders: Capital City Cakes and Croney’s Coneys most of all and both Tammy’s Pizza and Zamarelli’s are great. There’s also the Little Theater which I can’t vouch for and Plank’s is very popular.

    It certainly isn’t Dublin, Grandview or the Short North, but I don’t see how that’s a bad thing for old Grovetucky.

    Also, Eats and Treats just south of downtown near the skating rink has the right kind of butterscotch.

  8. GCrites80s August 31, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm

    A buddy of mine used to live around the corner from this part of town. We used to go to a bar that’s a few doors down from Plank’s but it would always devolve into guys pumping the jukebox full of Nickelback and flipping out.

  9. mwvgobucks September 3, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am

    As a longtime GC resident I’m all for the redevelopment, but this plan, at least from these renderings, is pretty underwhelming. I guess I was just expecting a little more than some generic apartments and a new (and unnecessary, in my opinion) library building.

  10. Student Planner
    AndrewColumbusAspiringPlanner September 5, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm

    As a lifetime resident of Grove City, and a current City and Regional Planning student at OSU, I’m excited for the renderings and the talks for development in a place that has needed revitalization for as long as I have been alive. However the plan is not what we need. The apartments like many have commented on before are lacking that modern/urban feel. They look like any other apartment complex spread across the Midwest, this is a big problem, and if Grove City wants to be taken seriously and make this area a success then they need to have a better plan. The living space’s are a must but you leave little to be desired for retail/food service. The buildings need to be rearranged and put into a more walkable space for one, and then all of the buildings need to be revamped into a multi use space, were retail and restaurants can go underneath the residential units. From there you would have a walkable area full of shops/restaurants and bars, that would have the attraction value worthy of a new development in Grove City. I also agree with bringing in some sort of extension college, that could put Grove City on the map, in which we could distinguish Grove City as its own brand and not just a suburb of Columbus.

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