Monday, January 14, 2002

Planned complex seeks retailers

West Chester trustees to vote soon

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP — Plans for an upscale retail complex are nearly complete as booming growth continues on the west side of Interstate 75 at Union Centre Boulevard.

        A horseshoe-shaped complex, called “The Avenue,” may emerge on 26 acres at the northwest corner of Union Centre Boulevard and Muhlhauser Road.

        “The Avenue will be a wonderful addition to the community,” said West Chester Township Administrator Dave Gully. “It will be extremely successful where it's located.”

        Township trustees will vote whether to approve the development at their Jan. 22 meeting.

        If approved, groundbreaking for the 215,000-square-foot shopping center is expected this spring or summer. It would open by the same time next year, said Mark Schumacher of Schumacher & Dugan Construction, Inc.

        “The Avenue” rounds out Union Centre Commerce Park, which already includesthe Marriott Hotel, res taurants, and office and industrial buildings. Workers in the area have been clamoring for a shopping center, which also is expected to lure upscale restaurants and more tenants to existing buildings, Mr. Schumacher said.

        The center, with a pedestrian-friendly layout, is being designed as an alternative to high-traffic nearby malls such as Kenwood and Tri-County.

        No tenants have been signed yet, but fashion stores such as The Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch are being sought, Bill Bassett with Cousins Properties Inc., of Atlanta, told trustees when he appeared before them this week.

        There also will be bookstores, smaller retail stores and restaurants.

        The complex will feature wide landscaped sidewalks, brick paver accents and elevated walkways from stores to the parking lot.


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