Public Release on January 17, 2020:
The private investor for Centerville Place has withdrawn the application for the major redevelopment at State Route 48 between Sheehan and Spring Valley Roads, including the vacant Kroger building.
“We are extremely disappointed by this decision, as we believe the space has the potential to become a vibrant gateway to Centerville. City Staff, volunteers and community members have devoted months of hard work trying to make that goal a reality, for which I am very appreciative,” Mayor Brooks Compton said.
The owner of the property will still control the Centerville Place shopping center.
“Our staff members enjoyed working with Larry Dillin and his team. His meticulous approach to the project adhered to the City’s vision for that space,” City Manager Wayne Davis said. “While we are disheartened, it was staff’s pleasure to work as hard as we could for a project that would have been a game changer for our community. While this project as initially presented will not be going forward, we remain committed to Centerville Place as this is a critical component of our economic development plans for our community. We will not rest until we are able to bring a project to this area that is befitting of its many great businesses and the Centerville community as a whole.”
The preliminary and final development plans recommended for approval by the Centerville Planning Commission proposed redeveloping Centerville Place into a mixed-use area incorporating office, retail, and restaurant space as well as approximately 350 housing units.
“This challenging project stretched our staff to think differently about redevelopment opportunities, and we learned a lot that we can apply to other future projects. We are better because of this work,” Development Director Michael Norton-Smith said.