Demolition of University City Shopping Center Begins
Fencing is up and demolition work is starting at the University City Shopping Center, the retail strip at the corner of Olentangy River Road and Ackerman Road.
A plan to replace the one-story center with a six-story mixed-use development was approved last summer.
Skip Weiler of the Robert Weiler Company said that construction is scheduled to take about 18 months. He also provided new renderings that show some changes in the design of the project.
The final site plan calls for 266 apartments, over 120,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and a 477-space parking garage.
Nearly 400 additional parking spots will be available in the existing surface parking lot in front of the new building, which will remain. Also not affected by the new development are the businesses located closer to Olentangy River Road (including McDonald’s and Raising Cane’s).
Weiler declined to provide an update on any confirmed retail tenants for the project, although he said last year that he hoped a grocery store would be part of the mix. The Kroger that had been located at the site for nearly 60 years closed last fall as the redevelopment plan moved forward.