Chipotle will occupy one of the first outlots in front of Walmart at Waterloo Crossing, according Canal Winchester development director Chris Strayer.

Chipotle will occupy one of the first outlots in front of Walmart at Waterloo Crossing, according Canal Winchester development director Chris Strayer.

"Chipotle has agreed to come into Canal Winchester," Strayer said. "Over the next couple of months, they'll be going through our approval processes with planning commission, engineering and building permits so they can start construction."

Strayer had been expecting the planning commission to consider the project in June, but now expects it to be heard in July.

"We have not had a formal application yet," he said. "The last meeting was an informal hearing, to show the planning commission here's what the building is going to look like, here's what the site plan is, to start to get an idea and ask questions. The deadline for the June hearing was (Monday), so they will be coming in for the July planning commission meeting."

Strayer said the second anchor for the plaza is Staples, which has broken ground and should be complete before fall.

"The outlots in front of Walmart have not been developed yet," he said. "The anchor is Walmart, then a mid-sized anchor is the Staples going in as well. It has broken ground and I believe they are trying to get it done by midsummer, August."

Strayer said the Gender Road retail corridor not only serves the city but also is a large drawing area.

"It's a retail corridor for us, a shopping district not only for Canal Winchester but the whole southeastern Franklin County region," he said. "It's substantially retail. There is some office and professional service sprinkled in there."

Chipotle will join other restaurants in the area, including Butch's, Las Margaritas, Cool Cravings and others. The Chipotle will be located across West Waterloo from the Fifth Third Bank.

Plans are for construction to likely begin in the fall.

"There is our process in planning commission, then there is engineering review, then there is building and plans review, and they have to go through all those reviews before they can start construction," Strayer said. "I would anticipate it would be some time in the fall."

He said the outlots at Waterloo Crossing are the last ready-to-develop properties in the Gender Road complex.

"It's reaching the end," he said. "These outlots are the last outlots for the entire development."

Strayer said Canal Winchester does not try to promote any particular mix of businesses, but instead simply applies zoning standards that allow businesses to come and go.

"It's really left up to the market, what the market can sustain," he said. "Retail is really a market-driven industry. If a particular business wants to go in there, their market study will show them what will work or not."

Strayer said his office has had more inquiries this year than in recent years, including potential commercial developments at Canal Pointe.

"We continue to see better leads coming in compared to the last couple of years," Strayer said.