Demolition permits have been issued and work has started on the removal of the existing buildings at the site, east of U.S. 31 and west of 172nd Avenue.
“The permits cover every building on-site,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “But, the developer will be razing buildings strategically and not all at once.”
The development will at first consist of a new 15,000-square-foot retail building that will front Robbins Road. The building will include a new Pizza Hut restaurant, which will relocate at the end of the year once construction is finished.
Developer Bill Bowling noted that while the demolition has started on the east side of the site, they are still working to resolve issues surrounding the auto parts retailer and getting that business moved out in order to begin demolition of that building.
“They are moving,” Bowling said. “But we can’t tear down their building until he gets out.”
Bowling also noted that Z-Tire is being accommodated on the site until that business’ new facility at the corner of 172nd Avenue and Hayes Street across from Speedway is completed.
As progress occurs on the demolition, and underground utility work starts for the new development, work is also underway behind the scenes to find tenants to fill out the new spaces.
“My focus is on finding tenants and getting the thing built,” said Bowling.
The first confirmed tenant is the relocated Pizza Hut. Bowling noted that talks are also underway with another yet-to-be-named business to occupy additional spaces in the new building.
“We’re getting great reception,” Bowling said of the new space. “There’s no question it’s got to be the hottest area out there right now.”
Future phases of development could include a big box retailer (20,000 to 30,000 square feet), an automotive-related retailer (7,000 square feet), a multi-tenant retail building (11,000 square feet) and another restaurant (7,000 square feet).