CRIDERSVILLE — After a career of helping patients, urologist Dr. Craig Nicholson has found a new venture to improve quality of life: The Crossroads of Northwest Ohio, a planned commercial-residential development that will see new housing, shopping and entertainment venues together in one space.
The forthcoming 250-acre development is years in the making for Nicholson, who wants to revive the Lima region he now calls home.
“It makes me sad when my daughters say, ‘Dad, there’s no Chick-fil-A; there’s no Target; I don’t know if I want to move back to Lima,’” Nicholson said. “So we bought this property a long time ago with the intent of doing something to try to turn around the out-migration, of all the money and people going elsewhere to shop.”
If Nicholson is successful, The Crossroads could change that perception.
The development is situated along the east side of Interstate-75 near Cridersville between Toledo, Dayton, Columbus and Fort Wayne, popular destinations for people leaving Lima.
Plans call for a mix of restaurants, retail and market-rate housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and apartments so residents can “walk downstairs to the coffee shop on the ground floor of the building or go across the street to the gym, go down the road to the flower shop or to meet somebody for lunch,” Nicholson said during a groundbreaking Friday.
The property could even incorporate a park and entertainment district, complete with an outdoor stage for open-air concerts and other events, according to renderings shown Friday.
Construction could begin as soon as next spring, extending for several years as more projects join The Crossroads.
Already, The Crossroads is in talks with several hotels interested in building on the property, although names of specific businesses looking at Crossroads have not been made public.
The development is also soliciting suggestions from the community to see what restaurants, stores and other venues locals are interested in seeing.