Despite the snow and cold weather, dirt is moving to make way for a new development in Brimfield.
David Schipper, president and CEO of The Schipper Group, said contractors recently began leveling the hill adjacent to the eastbound ramp of the S.R. 43 exit of Interstate 76. The project is part of a land swap that will result in a new McDonalds fronting on S.R. 43.
Schipper said Rubber City McDonald's bought the 1.5 acre parcel from Brimfield Crossings, which owns the 42 acres surrounding McDonald's and the Speedway gas station. In exchange for the property, Brimfield Crossings will incorporate the three acre site that now houses McDonald's. The eatery plans to start construction in March and once the restaurant is completed around mid-summer, the old restaurant and truck parking lot will be eliminated, Schipper said.
"The Ohio Department of Transportation encouraged the removal of the hill because it shades the exit ramp and prohibits the sun from melting ice on the ramp in the winter," Schipper said. "Brimfield Crossing welcomes the ability to significantly increase visibility sight lines to its property, McDonald's and Speedway."
He said it's not clear exactly what will develop on the Brimfield Crossings but he doesn't anticipate it becoming a large scale retail development like the nearby Cascades development. But some possibilities he mentioned included an auto dealer, grocery store, upscale hotel, health and wellness center, big-box retailer, regional university-level educational facility or a large office headquarters building.
He estimated it will take five to 10 years for the site to be developed fully.
"We will develop it as the opportunity presents itself," he said.
Brimfield Crossings Limited also owns four acres on the east side of S.R 43 in front of the new Brimfield Elementary School, and built the Falcon Drive Road that serves the school.
The new McDonald's will be on the northwest corner of the traffic light at the intersection, and Brimfield Crossing Drive will provide access to the new development.
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