Grantville 'heading in the right direction'
by Rebecca Leftwich
New businesses have opened in downtown Grantville, and Mayor Jim Sells said things are picking up economically for the struggling town, especially after the AMC cable television series “The Walking Dead” filmed there in September.
Sunday sales of alcohol and liquor-by-the-drink ordinances were approved by residents in July, which Sells has said can encourage new restaurants as well. Station 22 Grill, one recently established restaurant, has hosted several special events including a viewing party March 2 for “The Walking Dead” episode featuring scenes shot in Grantville.
Rochelle Jabaley, a Grantville business owner who serves on the town’s council, opened Zoopers Grocery store last summer. Grantville also has welcomed One Eyed Jack’s Pizza Parlor and Shabby Chic Boutique and Main Attraction Zumba Studio, as well as McKee Heating and Air, with other businesses planning to open soon.
“Things are moving in the right direction,” Sells said during a recent meeting of the Grantville City Council.
Residents may have the opportunity to cool off in a new way this summer as council prepares for a final vote March 25 on a proposed splash park.
Months of bickering among council members resulted in the tabling of the project – initially proposed last spring by Jabaley – until this year. A citizen committee was convened at council’s request by City Manager Johnny Williams, who has been with Grantville for a year, and members have put in place a detailed proposal to bring before council.
“This park would become a gathering place for families and they would not need to burn expensive gas to get there,” Sells wrote in a mass email. “The money is there...it is time to spend it in our community.”
Sells said the proposed splash park – proposed to be built at Post Street Park downtown – will attract more business, creating jobs, providing services and increasing revenue for the city.