Plan for Delaware County outlet mall may be near approval

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  • Eamon Queeney | Dispatch file photo
    Construction could begin as early as this fall on an outlet mall off Rts. 36/37 near the I-71 interchange.

July 15, 2014

Final approval for the Simon-Tanger outlet mall in Berkshire Township could come as soon as the July 24 meeting of the township’s zoning commission, setting the stage for the partnership to be the first to work on an outlet mall in Delaware County.

Officials of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group and North Carolina-based Tanger Outlets presented detailed plans for their 350,000-square-foot outlet mall at the zoning commission’s meeting last week.

“They could get their final approval and could be breaking ground in September or October,” said Berkshire Township Trustee Rod Myers.

The trustees previously amended the zoning to allow an outlet mall on the Simon-Tanger property near the I-71 and Rts. 36/37 interchange. Township voters narrowly passed a referendum in November approving the zoning change.

“It appears they’ve pretty much met our zoning code, and there will only be little things that need tweaking, like signage and green-space issues,” Myers said.

Officials of Simon-Tanger were not available for comment.

“The plans are quite extensive,” said Jeff George, Berkshire’s zoning inspector. “There was a lot of information to go through, and finally at 10 p.m. (at Thursday’s meeting), the chairman said: ‘Let’s continue this at our next meeting.’  ”

Two other large developments are proposed near the I-71 and Rts. 36/37 interchange.

Local developer Pat Shivley and Klingbeil Capital Management have planned NorthGate Centre, which would include an outlet mall, an indoor sports facility and hotel, a natatorium and 30 or more soccer, lacrosse and baseball fields.

The Sunbury Village Council recently voted to annex the Shivley-Klingbeil project site from Berkshire Township into the village after Berkshire officials denied the Shivley group’s request for a zoning variance that would allow an outlet mall.

Phil Craig, spokesman for NorthGate Centre, said regarding the proposal for a Simon-Tanger outlet mall: “We really don’t have any comment on where their project stands.”

The Weiler Cos., Nationwide Realty Investors and developer Joe Ciminello have planned Northstar, a mixed-use residential and retail project just north of the I-71 interchange. Their plans do not include an outlet mall.

Experts, including Shivley, predict that only one outlet mall will be built in the area.

The two competing projects in Delaware County are not the only ones in central Ohio with an outlet mall as a major component. Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust has expressed interest in putting an outlet mall in Madison County, and Michigan-based Horizon Group Properties has discussed plans for a New Albany project. Neither developer has submitted a formal proposal.

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