The Kroger Co. and the Ohio State University Medical Center have announced big investments at Olentangy Crossings, a mixed-use development in Orange Township.

The Kroger Co. and the Ohio State University Medical Center have announced big investments at Olentangy Crossings, a mixed-use development in Orange Township.

The Cincinnati-based grocer will build a 124,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace, complete with a full-service pharmacy and gas station.

Meanwhile, OSU has agreed to build and lease a 30,000-square-foot facility for outpatient medical services, including primary care, cardiology, radiology, physical therapy and sports medicine.

Geoff Ortlip, vice president of sales for Planned Communities, which is developing the property, said Kroger and OSU are vital components to Olentangy Crossings.

"We're thrilled to have both," he said. "It's going to be a great thing for the community. It's certainly going to pull other retailers in for us."

Construction should start mid-November, Ortlip said.

In addition, development plans call for 32,000 square feet of retail space connecting the two buildings. National City Banks, Delaware County Bank and the Ohio State Bank already are operating in the center.

More than a dozen outparcels are still available in the complex, Ortlip said.

Olentangy Crossings is a 265-acre development at Lewis Center Road and U.S. Route 23 in Orange Township. It eventually will include a 147-lot single-family housing community, 158 ranch-style condominiums and a 96-unit townhouse condo site.

Some school and township officials are pleased with how the development is proceeding.

Orange Township Trustee Jim Agan said Planned Communities has been very good to work with.

The company donated more than 30 acres on North Road, behind Olentangy High School, to the township. The township in turn donated 16 acres of that land to the school district.

The acreage wasn't part of Olentangy Crossings, but Planned Communities donated it around the same time that the development was being planned, said Tom Farahay, assistant zoning inspector for Orange Township.

The developer also has contributed to Olentangy Schools, said Andy Kerr, the district's director of operations.

"We benefited from that parkland, the driveway (more entryways to the high school), and from county sewer lines," Kerr said.

Shanahan Middle School and the high school were on a costly private wastewater treatment plant that school personnel operated, he said.

"The developer brought a sewer line into the area and brought it to our line," Kerr said. "Two summers ago we connected, eliminating the wastewater treatment plant. It was done at the developer's expense, not ours. It would not have happened without that. It's a very beneficial project to the district and savings to the taxpayers."