FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2020
Contact: Emma Speight, Community Affairs Director
O: 614-583-5045 | C: 614-205-9765
DEVELOPER ANNOUNCED FOR FORMER MACY’S SITE AT KINGSDALE SHOPPING CENTER
(UPPER ARLINGTON, OHIO) – The City of Upper Arlington has been informed that Continental Real Estate Companies has been selected by The Kroger Co. as the developer for the former Macy’s site at Kingsdale. The two entities are in contract with an anticipated closing scheduled to occur within the next three months.
“We are very excited to see change beginning at the former Macy’s site,” said City Manager Steven Schoeny. “Continental is a national developer based in Columbus with experience in our community. It is the entity that undertook the 2009-2010 redevelopment of the portion of Kingsdale and is in the process of developing the Arlington Gateway development project on Lane Avenue. Continental is already very familiar with our community and the opportunities that this site represents.”
“Since the beginning of 2020, the City and The Kroger Company have had very cooperative discussions about the future of the site,” continued Schoeny. “Those discussions focused on the need to move forward in a manner that is consistent with Kingsdale’s Planned Mixed Use District zoning. We appreciate that Kroger kept us informed about their process for selling the property and helped to make sure that interested parties were aware of the special place that Kingsdale has in our community’s heart.”
Plans for the 6.23-acre site are in the early conceptual stages. Continental CEO, Frank Kass, has stated that their focus is to create a mixed-use development that would feature apartments, senior living, office, restaurants and structured parking, with a placeholder for a possible public use.
Following up on the City’s Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan, Upper Arlington City Council created the Community Center Feasibility Task Force to explore the possibility of creating a new community center in Upper Arlington. The Task Force is currently evaluating potential sites for a centrally located community center, including commercial properties with a minimum footprint of five acres that are currently underutilized and/or for sale.
“With extensive community engagement through Phase I of the feasibility study process, we received consistent feedback that the former Macy’s site should be explored as a potential community center location,” said Marjory Pizzuti and Nick Lashutka, co-chairs of the CCFTF. “With today’s announcement, we can now incorporate this valuable input from UA residents into our detailed assessment of the site options under consideration.”
The former Macy’s site at Kingsdale will be included in the options to be evaluated by the Facilities & Partnerships Subcommittee of the Task Force. Greg Comfort, chair of that subcommittee said, “The task force consultants and City staff have engaged with Continental on the basic requirements for a community center. I appreciate Continental’s willingness to potentially consider a community center as part of their plans. This opens the door for our Facilities & Partnerships Subcommittee to be able to fully consider a portion of the Kingsdale site as a viable option for a community center.”
“The opportunity to oversee the redevelopment of this significant parcel of land at Kingsdale is exciting for us, since it builds on the work that we undertook several years ago,” said Kass. “I am confident that our mixed-use vision will greatly enhance what has already been achieved at Kingsdale. It will be a win-win for residents, the City and the existing Kingsdale business community.”
Regarding the potential for a community center on a portion of the site, Kass said, “It could be a fantastic addition to our plans. We understand that there is much work left to be done, and ultimately Upper Arlington’s voters will decide the outcome. In the meantime, we are committed to working with the task force and the City to fully explore this option.”
Kroger and Continental are working toward resolving the remaining due diligence issues, with the goal of closing the purchase/sale of the Kingsdale property in late November.