Central Ohio Solid Waste Authority leaders believe they will be successful in attracting businesses to Green Economy Business Park, a 362-acre planned development mostly on the north side of London Groveport Road (State Route 665) in Grove City.
Hannah Greer Brown, SWACO Communications Director, said SWACO’s goal is to attract manufacturers who use recycled materials in their products.
“The SWACO Green Economy Business Park will create a group of companies that use advanced research, technology and manufacturing to bring together the supply chain of recycled materials,” she said. “New jobs can be created, as well as local tax revenue and capital investment in the region. This innovative concept can create tomorrow’s products from today’s recycled materials.”
Central Ohio is already home to nearly 400 businesses that rely on recyclables, and SWACO’s vision for the business park is to benefit those businesses while attracting more like-minded businesses to the area, she said.
She said the market promises growth.
She said, “We are preparing for the growth of Franklin County and prioritizing local partnerships. It is becoming increasingly clear that there is an emerging market for products made from recycled materials, and we believe that this market will grow in the coming years.”
Green Economy Business Park can create between 2,000 and 3,500 jobs
SWACO website, swaco.orgexpects significant economic benefits to the city.
“Based on models across the country and the economic momentum behind recycled materials, the site could create 2,000 to 3,500 well-paid jobs, generate between $1.6 million and $4.2 million in local tax revenue and between $350 million and $500 million in VC,” she says.
“Green Economy Business Park will use advanced research, technology, and manufacturing to bring together the sustainable materials management supply chain to create a sustainable destination for businesses and workforces alike.”
SWACO’s goal is to divert from landfills
The business park will also help SWACO achieve the goal of its approved solid waste management plan in 2018 – to increase the region’s diversion rate (the percentage of waste recycled instead of going to landfill) from 50% to 75% by 2032.
In December 2020, the Grove City Planning Commission approved what Grove Mayor Richard “Ike” described as an initial conceptual plan. He said that SWACO had not yet submitted a final development plan.
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“We’ve had a lot of conversations with Swako over the last three months probably, and I think we’re more consistent in what could happen within those 300 and some acres,” Steg said.
“The CRA will enable both SWACO and Grove City to catalyze development,” said Greer Brown. “However, successful development will depend on all partners having the appropriate steps in place. …
“Grove City and SWACO recently collaborated to expand the Community Reinvestment District at the Green Economy Business Park site, which will have the added advantage of new jobs and investment in the local community.”
Greer Brown said operations that use recycled materials may have negative issues, such as odors, but added that SWACO works closely with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Franklin County Public Health and other agencies to ensure best practices are used and environmental regulations are followed.
“SWACO has been proud to call Grove City its home for the past 30 years and remains committed to working with great respect for public safety and environmental protection and applying these priorities to any project, partnership or effort we undertake,” she said.