The transformation of the entrance to Hilliard on Cemetery Road west of Interstate 270 could be mostly complete by early October, when the new 94,000-square-foot Giant Eagle store is expected to open.
The Market at Hilliard Gateway development includes an OhioHealth Urgent Care that already is open, a Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern that is expected to open next month and 430 Lifestyle Communities apartments that are in the final stages of construction.
"It's a high-quality development and lets you know you've arrived (in Hilliard)," said Frank Kass, founder and chairman of Continental Real Estate Cos., developer of the Market at Hilliard Gateway.
Announcements of other tenants are forthcoming. That includes occupants of the remainder of the 9,500-square-foot building housing the Rusty Bucket.
Mayor Don Schonhardt said the development by Continental also would serve as a model for future development on Britton Parkway north to Hayden Run Road.
"The Gateway is both the entrance to Hilliard and a prototype for future development," Schonhardt said.
Kass said the developers took care when selecting building materials, including natural materials and glass.
"We sought a professional, upscale look," he said.
"There will be a mix of new and mature landscaping. ... You won't know by looking whether (the green space has been there) since 2014 or 1998," Kass said.
In addition to the 55-acre Gateway development, smaller projects by other developers also have changed the landscape on Cemetery Road.
A new McDonald's restaurant opened this week at the northeast corner of Cemetery Road and Britton Parkway. The restaurant relocated from a site several hundred feet east at the northeast corner of Cemetery Road and Lyman Drive.
The former McDonald's site will be demolished within 60 days, Hilliard officials have said.
A use for the site has yet to be determined but city officials have voiced support for a multistory hotel.
Wendy's, on the south side of Cemetery Road also has received approval from the city to reconstruct its restaurant. Construction is expected to begin later this year.