The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Wednesday approved Nationwide Realty Investors' (NRI) major site plan review application for phase 1 of the Grandview Yard project.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Wednesday approved Nationwide Realty Investors' (NRI) major site plan review application for phase 1 of the Grandview Yard project.

The commission previously approved the developer's conditional use permit requests and preliminary plat application for the first phase, which will include the construction of a two-story Urban Active Fitness Center, a three-story retail/restaurant/office building, a six-story Hyatt Place hotel and a parking structure.

The first phase will be located on about 8.6 acres in the southwest corner of the site on Goodale Boulevard and Burr Avenue.

The entire Grandview Yard project is expected to take 10 years to complete and will include a mix of office, retail, residential and dining/entertainment uses on 90 acres.

The commission's approval of the site plan review included a dozen conditions suggested in the staff report prepared by planning and zoning consultant Anne McBride, whose firm McBride Dale Clarion is assisting the city with the Grandview Yard project.

The conditions include the understanding that the developer must still present lighting, signage and landscaping plans for review and approval.

Other conditions include:

The developer provides pedestrian connections on the roadway at the north end of the first phase area and presents details for all pedestrian crosswalks for review and approval by staff.

The developer provides details to staff for review and approval about how the refuse area will be screened from within the parking area.

The determination be made that the proposed elevations for the three buildings and parking structure with any modifications of the commission are compatible with the surrounding area and meet the vision for the Grandview Commerce District.

NRI President Brian Ellis told the commission the developer plans to begin construction of the first phase before the end of August.