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Grocery Store Dropped from Plans for Battelle Land

Brent Warren Brent Warren Grocery Store Dropped from Plans for Battelle LandA rendering from the initial Battelle development announcement.
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More changes have been made to the plan to develop 20 acres of Battelle land south of West Fifth Avenue. Most significantly, a 39,000 square foot grocery store – which was included in a proposal presented to the neighborhood in March – has been dropped from the plan.

A representative of Wagenbrenner Development, the company that has been spearheading the project since it was first announced in February of last year, said that the tenant that had been lined up for the grocery store spot recently backed out of the project, leading to the changes.

Other changes include an increase in public green space, about 40 more market-rate apartments (for a total of 336), and the addition of about 12,000 square feet of space to be occupied by some combination of coffee shop, restaurant, and/or retail use.

The new restaurant/retail space would front West Fifth Avenue, in between senior housing to the west and apartments and single family housing to the east. A hotel is still planned for the northwest corner of the site, overlooking the Olentangy River.

The townhomes in the middle of the site have been rearranged to allow for two narrow corridors of green space that will provide access to the riverside park space from Perry Street.

Other partners on the project include M/I Homes, Continental Real Estate, Daimler, and Fortress Real Estate Companies.

The latest site plan will be presented to the public at a meeting of the Harrison West Society tonight.

The new site plan. Visuals provided by Wagenbrenner Development.

A side-by-side comparison of the old and new site plans.

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