Continental Real Estate Companies' and local developer Mark Catalano's plans to purchase and redevelop the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington continue to move forward, albeit with a few delays that often occur with projects of this size and complexity.

Continental Real Estate Companies' and local developer Mark Catalano's plans to purchase and redevelop the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington continue to move forward, albeit with a few delays that often occur with projects of this size and complexity.

The project took an important step forward on Dec. 29, 2008, when company representatives filed a preliminary development plan with the city's Development Department. This step triggered the public review process, beginning with the administrative review of the proposal by the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP):

The preliminary development plan was informally reviewed at a BZAP Work Session on Jan. 5.

The plan received most of its formal review by BZAP at a special meeting on Feb. 2, which included opportunity for public testimony. At this meeting, Continental representatives requested a postponement of BZAP's final ruling in order to further refine plans for the proposed Giant Eagle store on the Northwest Boulevard side of the site.

The final hearing and BZAP recommendation is currently tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 2, following a work session that begins at 7 p.m. at 3600 Tremont Road. Public testimony relative to new information provided by Continental will be heard.

If you plan to attend, please visit www.ua-ohio.net prior to the meeting to be sure no further scheduling changes have been made.

Continental has also asked for a development agreement with the city. Under such an agreement, the city would use economic incentive tools such as tax increment financing to help fund a level of city participation relative to the proposed office component. Council review and action is required for this legislation.

Review and negotiations relative to the proposed development agreement have been under way between city staff and Continental representatives. It is hoped this component can proceed to city council for review, public input and council action in the near future.

Please keep watching local papers for news on this important community issue, or visit www.ua-ohio.net for the most up-to-date information.