Plans for the proposed Giant Eagle grocery store that would be built on the current site of Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St., are scheduled to come before the city's Planning Commission during a special public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at City Hall.
Continental Real Estate is asking the commission to authorize an environmental review and approve plans for a new, two-story, 30,000-square-foot building to accommodate a Giant Eagle Market District Express. Bexley City Council approved the Giant Eagle development last year and construction is scheduled to begin later this year, pending the Planning Commission's approval.
"The approximate $6.5 million development will generate over 75 jobs for the Bexley community and will enhance economic development, the tax revenues for the city, and attract people to the area," Continental's application on file with the Planning Commission states.
The current City Hall is scheduled to be demolished and municipal offices are scheduled to relocate by the end of the year to a space at the Bexley Square Shopping Center, just west of the current municipal building.
The city's service garage will relocate to a site on Delmar Drive next to the police department facility at 559 N. Cassingham Road. The city broke ground on the garage earlier this month, and construction is scheduled to be completed by mid- to late November.
In Continental's application, the developer is requesting a variance from the required 120 parking spaces, as the Giant Eagle plans to provide 98 parking spaces. Continental also is seeking approval for signs on the south, east and north facades of the building.
Once completed, the Giant Eagle would include "a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, everyday grocery to organic produce, fresh chef-made gourmet foods, a boutique sushi bar, deli and kosher foods, pharmacy, and serve craft beer and wines," Continental's application states.
The store's delivery dock will be screened from public view with evergreen trees, landscape walls and fencing, the application states.
A copy of the application packet is available at the city's website, bexley.org.