Welcome to GRO!
GRO is a 501c3 working on revitalization projects in Glouster, Ohio.
GRO consists of a dedicated group of Glouster area residents, business owners and other non-profit partners who are working to revitalize our community by working on projects that eliminate blight, create safe spaces, and support entrepreneurial efforts. Our first completed project was an open-air park/event space located in the middle of town. This project has facilitated the removal of a structurally unsafe building and has resulted in a dramatic improvement to the downtown area by redeveloping the space into a community park. This park space is a compliment to the Glouster Depot and an ideal venue for events uptown like Glouster First Fridays and our Christmas event. Adjacent to the historic train depot, which has been preserved and is used by The Glouster Project, this new park called Sedalia Crossing has created an expanded public event space.
We are currently renovating the Knights of Pythias building (KOP). This is our biggest project to date. The goal of this endeavor, beyond saving this majestic structure, is to create a supported entrepreneurial incubation setting, a remote work center and community coworking space. The first floor will be built out to support food based services in a shared kitchen environment and would house 4-6 entrepreneurs. The upper levels will be built out as co-working and remote work center space. This exciting project will transform our community's current offering and is linked to other projects that we are undertaking with non-profit partnerships. Once such undertaking is the renovation of a space across the street from the KOP building that will be re-developed into a 5 star rated child care center. The upper levels of this renovated space will house meeting and recovery services space and offices for the host organization. This exciting partnership will also provide financial support in our efforts to build out the KOP space and contracts for food service will support our first floor entrepreneurs in the KOP building.
We are excited for the future of Glouster Ohio and would love your support and feedback!
A HUGE thank you to supporting organizations: