Pat Kelley is President of Falco, Smith & Kelley, LTD and Vice President of Donald W. Kelley Associates, Inc. A native of Columbus, Pat holds two degrees from The Ohio State University. Along with his wife, Lisa, Pat is a proud father of eight daughters and five grandchildren.
- Tell us about your role in the BP re-development. My role included negotiating site acquisition from PENN GAMING, and putting together an ownership investment group. As managing partner, I was responsible for land planning, zoning, negotiating development and infrastructure, agreement with Grove City, arranging master financing plan and setting up
the new community authority.
- What does the redevelopment of Beulah Park mean to you? Re-development of Beulah Park is not so much what it means to me, but what a special community it will be for Grove City and Central Ohio. It truly is a transformation of the racetrack, which had such an important part of the history of the community, to a carefully planned mixed use with one of the largest central parks in the Columbus that will serve as a gathering place for the next century and beyond.
- What has brought you the most enjoyment? Most enjoyment is seeing the project become a reality, and the excitement of prospective residents, and the community at large. I have also had the opportunity to work with several experienced, competent advisors especially Don Plank of Plank Law, Craig Murdick Architect, Kristina Acklin Principal with Groeber Law and Will Townsend President of Townsend Construction. It has been mostly enjoyable working with Mayor Ike Stage, Chuck Boso and staff as well as City Council as the public, private effort is critical to the success of this project.
- Certainly, with a redevelopment of this magnitude there had to be challenges. What has been the biggest for you? Biggest challenge has been the capital-intensive nature of the project and controlling costs, as well as keeping the project moving along with everyone on the same page from investors, lenders, contractors, city representatives and end users who have committed to the development.
- Looking to the future of Beulah Park, what gets you most excited? I am most excited about the dynamic connectivity that Beulah Park will have with the Grove City Town Center, as well as the Central Park which will be such an amenity to the community. I am also excited for the residents who will call Beulah Park home and experience the ability to live, work, play and socialize in such a special environment.
Favorite part of Grove City: Planks on Broadway (Bill made me say it.)
Favorite architectural style: New England and cottage style among others
Your escape: Spiritual reading and prayers, Indian Lake, sports
Your roots: Irish-Catholic Family
Motto you live by: Attitude of Gratitude (Buiochas le Dia)