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