CRIDERSVILLE — A multi-million dollar development is coming together along the east side of Interstate 75 at Cridersville.
The Crossroads of Northwest Ohio has been in the works for a couple of years. On July 5, developers broke ground for utilities that will have to go under I-75.
“Right now we’re at 250 acres. We’re probably going to be a little bit bigger than that when we’re done,” said Dr. Craig Nicholson, owner of the Crossroads project.
The development features a mix of business, retail and residential.
“It’s going to have a lot of housing. We have four hotel sites, about six or eight hotel out lots. We’ve got a lot of area for big box stores and a lot of other commercial space. Then we’ll have six or eight large buildings that are mixed-use, so apartments on the top three floors and commercial space on the main floor,” Nicholson said.
The land has already been annexed into Cridersville, and the village council has granted the project some tax breaks.
“We’re part of Cridersville. We’ve been annexed into Cridersville, and we’ve been working with the village council and the mayor on this now for a couple of years, getting this all together,” Nicholson said. “The utilities will be going over, and we’re hoping to start with some construction — it will probably be housing first. And we’re hoping that that will start either by this fall or early spring.”
The project is nearing the completion of its first phase.
“We’re just getting ready to complete our phase one of the project, which included acquiring all the land, getting all that land annexed into the Village of Cridersville, and then we got a TIF ordinance to support the development as well as a 25-year development agreement with the Village of Cridersville,” said Josh Bloomfield, project manager.
Phase two will begin shortly.
“We’re transitioning into phase two part of our project. That’s going to entail marketing, selling, coordinating with the developers to get a lot of this built and continue the vision,” Bloomfield said.
Nicholson says his vision is coming to fruition.
“I guess my thought is that we either get busy living or get busy dying, and I would much rather we get busy living,” Nicholson said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.