Commercial-residential district planned to come to Cridersville
CRIDERSVILLE – After a career of helping patients, urologist Dr. Craig Nicholson has found a new business to improve quality of life: The Crossroads of Northwest Ohio, a commercial residential development project that will see new homes, stores and places of entertainment gathered in one space.
The next 250-acre development has been in the works for years for Nicholson, who wants to revive the Lima area he now calls home.
“It makes me sad when my daughters say, ‘Daddy, there’s no Chick-fil-A; there is no target; I don’t know if I want to go back to Lima, ”Nicholson said. “So we bought this property a long time ago with the intention of doing something to try to reverse the emigration, all the money and people who are going to shop elsewhere.”
If Nicholson is successful, The Crossroads could change that perception.
The development is located along the east side of Interstate-75 near Cridersville between Toledo, Dayton, Columbus, and Fort Wayne, popular destinations for people leaving Lima.
The plans call for a mix of restaurants, retail and market-priced housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and apartments so that residents can “go downstairs to the cafe downstairs.” floor of the building or cross the street to the gym, go to the flower shop or to meet someone for lunch, ”Nicholson said on Groundbreaking Friday.
The property could even incorporate a park and entertainment district, with an outdoor stage for outdoor concerts and other events, according to renderings presented on Friday.
Construction could begin as early as next spring, spanning several years as other projects join The Crossroads.
Already, The Crossroads is in talks with several hotels interested in building on the property, although the names of specific companies looking at Crossroads have not been made public.
The development is also soliciting suggestions from the community to see what restaurants, shops and other places locals are interested in seeing.
Marketing Director Jessika Phillips (left), Dr. Craig Nicholson (center), Founder / President and Josh Bloomfield (right) answer questions from attendees about the grand opening of the future Crossroads of Northwest Ohio site.