Grove City Today:
The city is located in southwestern Franklin County bounded on the north by I-270 with I-71 slicing through the eastern edge of the city. I-70 is just minutes away at I-270.The primary highway that intersects the Grove City Town Center is US Rt. 62 and SR 3. The city and its nearly 32,000 residents have been able to maintain a small town atmosphere while becoming one of Central Ohio’s fastest growing suburbs. With a healthy business climate, great interstate highway access, proactive government, healthy city finances, strong educational opportunities, a diverse housing market, Grove City offers unmatched opportunities to new and existing businesses. The City offers services to aid new businesses while maintaining a strong focus on retention of existing commerce. A special emphasis is placed upon development requirements, which set high standards to ensure quality development and planned growth. Grove City's location, coupled with reasonable land costs and progressive incentives, has created a diverse business base, establishing a solid revenue stream to support future generations.
Whether a new business is interested in establishing itself or an existing business is interested in expanding, the City offers technical and financial tools, resources and assistance to all. Long-range planning activities include: evaluating current conditions, identifying trends, the analyzing of future issues and opportunities and aiding in planning to achieve its goals for the future. While our geography and easy accessibility provide many dining, shopping and entertainment advantages to our residents, those same geographical and accessibility advantages benefit businesses. Grove City is located within a day's drive of 51 percent of the U.S. and 40 percent of the Canadian populations and within 600 miles of 53 percent of all U.S. manufacturing facilities. With Grove City's business-friendly environment, our community has seen continuous growth of business and employment opportunities and due partly to competitively lower costs for business and residence have ensured a promising future for Grove City. If you would like more information concerning Economic Development, please call 614-277-3003.
Grove City's History:
Founded in 1852, Grove City takes its name from a large stand of trees left by early settlers when the area was being cleared for farms and houses. It is unknown what the grove of trees consisted of at the time but it is known that oak, beech, maple and walnut were common trees in the area. At that time, all of Central Ohio was dense forest with few settlers. Wolves were very common in the area now known as Grove City. Most of the early settlers were of German heritage purchasing land that was part of the Virginia Land Grant for soldiers who served during the American Revolution. A cousin of George Washington once owned many acres that now make up this community. Grove City was once a major lodging destination with stage coach stops and hotels in the downtown and another large hotel near what is now Rt. 104 and Stringtown Road. History is an important part of the community and it is showcased at a museum located in the Grove City Welcome Center, 3378 Park St. There is no admission.