Richmond Heights council committee approves final site plan for Belle Oaks, which now includes Meijer store, not Regal Cinema

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio – The City Council Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday, October 5, passed for a full council vote next week its approval of a final site plan for the Belle Oaks Marketplace project at the mall Richmond Town Square, 700 Richmond Road.

The plan, which received the approval of the Planning Commission the night before, includes two major changes to the plan for the second phase that architects Bialosky Cleveland, working for California developer DealPoint Merrill, presented to the board on last fall.

First, the design was drastically altered to accommodate a company that would become the biggest in the $ 200 million development, Meijer’s, a Midwestern supercentre chain that sells food, fashion, electronics. , etc. A stand-alone Meijer building will be constructed just south of the current Life Storage (formerly Macy’s) building, measuring 159,000 square feet, along with a garden center that can be outdoors or indoors.

The second change is the one that eliminates Regal Cinema from Belle Oaks. Regal, which had been part of the old Richmond Town Square for years, was originally to be kept as an entertainment option at Belle Oaks, a mixed-use development that will include shops and 798 luxury apartments, as well as amenities such as as a park, outdoor swimming pool, underground and above ground parking, and more.

The final Belle Oaks site plan, with the phase two buildings in white and the phase one buildings in gray. Wilson Mills Road is at the top left, while Richmond Road is at the top right.

The Regal Cinema building, like the rest of the mall, will be demolished, likely in the first quarter of 2022.

In order to make way for the Meijer Building, which will include a large parking lot alongside the project that faces Wilson Mills Road, last year’s plan of a street cutting through the center of the development and heading towards Wilson Mills Road, has been changed. The street, as before, lined with apartment buildings, will now curve east around the Meijer building before emptying out at the eastern end of the development on Wilson Mills Road. Meijer’s will have its own separate entrance at Wilson Mills.

There will be two entrances / exits along Richmond Road as indicated on the previous plans. These entrances / exits will be located across from Hillary Lane (leading into and from the first phase of development north) and across from Geraldine Avenue.

The council’s amended plans seen on Tuesday were for the second phase of the project. The Council approved the plans for the first phase last year. On Tuesday, the council approved the entire package consisting of the two phases.

In total, the project will include 24 acres of green space, which represents 35 percent of the 1.7 million square foot development area. Eight multi-family / commercial buildings will be constructed in the second phase. Other exterior buildings along Richmond Roads and Wilson Mills Roads remain options. The first phase will include five new buildings.

“This is a big hurdle to overcome and there is one more to come, a development deal,” said Ward 4 Councilor Mark Alexander, who chairs the P&Z committee.

In addition to a development agreement, in which taxes are distributed among the various parties involved, building commissioner Jim Urankar said developers must also submit lighting, landscaping and building plans for council approval. separate signage. In addition, city council must approve every building constructed in Belle Oaks.

Alexander noted that the Meijer building planned for Belle Oaks will be different from those that currently exist, such as Mentor’s store, 9200 Mentor Ave.

“It’s a little different from Mentor’s stores, Avon – the stores that are in that area – where they’re really trying to break down the mass of their buildings, trying to implement different materials, adding glass components. , ”Said Brian Meng, associate director of Bialosky Cleveland. “This is the prototype they are thinking of here as a reference. “

As part of the approved plan, the mall’s Firestone Complete Auto Care will be relocated to the area along Richmond Road just north of Walgreen’s. When asked if Planet Fitness, still open at the mall site, would be part of Belle Oaks Marketplace, Meng said, “At the moment there really aren’t any tenants listed outside of Meijer, for phase two. It could very well be moved indoors, but that is under negotiation.

To view the sitemap as it was a year ago, visit the home page of the Belle Oaks Marketplace website.

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