Conceptual drawing of Uptown Commons, proposed for the corner of High and Sycamore Street in Columbus Grove. (Photo submitted)
Conceptual drawing of Uptown Commons, proposed for the corner of High and Sycamore Street in Columbus Grove. (Photo submitted)

COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove officials feel they are closer to starting work on the Uptown Commons Park at the corner of Sycamore and High Streets. The consensus is the result of a donation given toward the park on July 14 plus a nearly one-third reduction in the proposed cost for the park.

The Columbus Grove Sesquicentennial Committee donated $16,000 towards the Uptown Commons Park. This is the proceeds from the week-long Sesquicentennial activities.

Overseeing the fund is the Columbus Grove Chamber of Commerce, since they have a 501(c)3 (non-profit) designation.

Chamber treasurer Mark Edelbrock said the fund now has $19,000 in it.

The proposed cost for the park has also been reduced after a committee met and made cuts to items included in the original $100,000 proposed cost. According to council member Skyler Mayberry the estimated cost for the project is now $68,000.

The lot, now owned by the village, was the former site of Christie’s on the Square. The building sustained substantial damage during the June 2012 derecho and had to be torn down.

The original estimate included grading, a stamped concrete sidewalk, decorative lighting, benches, yard drains, a pergola and brick pavers.

One of the first things council members feel has to be done on the lot is the infrastructure including grading and drains. During Monday’s meeting Mayor Ken Wright said they would discuss this during the next council meeting. The estimated cost to do this is $20,000.

Anyone who wants to donate toward the project can make checks to the Uptown Commons Fund, Columbus Grove Chamber of Commerce. Checks may be sent to P.O. Box 3, Columbus Grove, or dropped off at Fort Jennings State Bank, 302 Delphos Road, Columbus Grove, where Edelbrock is employed.