The Grandview Crossing development at the corner of Grandview Ave. and Dublin Rd. has been an unanswered question for years. The previous attempt to build on that site was by a group who wanted big box stores to anchor it, smaller retail, and some residential. The rumors for the present developer, Eric Wagenbrenner, have been similar, such as a Cosco store.
A story in the Dispatch today gives us the first hint at the construction plans.
No residential buildings are planed. The area is not really in a good location for private dwellings, the majority of the land is located in Columbus.The location is on an isolated finger of Grandview, there is no connection with present Grandview houses. Although residential building on the Grandview side of the property would give them access to our schools, the complications of utilities and the unknown waste factor in the now covered dump make that into a poor choice for residential. This is an ideal situation for Grandview schools, more retail without the addition of kids is pure gain in tax money.
Wagenbrenner is quoted as saying “junior big-box” stores are in the plans, similar to the Lennox. He gave Dicks Sporting Goods as an example, while explaining that no company has signed off on construction.
While the area along Dublin Rd. presently has some small retail and restaurants, it has been a difficult area for businesses to establish themselves. Most of the area has offices that become empty after dark. The road is a major artery into downtown, commuters tend to rush past the retail stores in the area on the way home. Configuring the best mix of retail stores for Grandview Crossing will be a challenge, it has to be both unique to the area, and attractive enough to cause commuters to spend time on the way home.
What will be the anchor?
The mentioning of Lennox by Wagenbrenner is interesting, the reason that shopping center is a success is based on the Target department store. What will be the main draw for Grandview Crossing? Even though E.W. said “junior” sized stores, the most logical anchor would be Walmart. We already went through the fight to keep that store out back when Grandview Station was in the planning stages, will it have to be re-fought? Remember, the largest part of the development is outside Grandview, leaving us with limited leverage in that part of the development.
Traffic concerns from the north
Although I don’t recall any interviews where Wagenbrenner discussed the expected area the new shopping center would draw customers from, the assumption is that it will latch onto the Dublin road traffic. Dublin road is a major downtown feeder, allowing commuters to slide around the outside of Grandview. Traffic from the far north will use SR33 or SR315 to enter the area if they are taking trips specifically to shop at this new center.
There is a choke point for residents who live in the Grandview, 5XNW, and south Upper Arlington area, they will all want to use Grandview Avenue. There is no other road that gives access to the new shopping center. Grandview Avenue is already packed with cars during rush hours, how will the addition of traffic on the way to G.C. affect the area?
(Later) Council President Panzera answered questions about the Grandview Crossing Development.