The 16,000-square-foot open-air Center Street Market anchored by a brewery could be open by the summer of 2019 in Old Hilliard.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year for Crooked Can Brewing Co. at the corner of Center and Wayne streets in Old Hilliard, according to Jon St. Julian, one of three partners in the project.
The original Crooked Can Brewing Co. is based in Winter Garden, Florida, near Orlando.
Anchored by the enclosed brewing company, which will include a tap room, Center Street Market will have 10 full-time vendors and additional part-time vendors, St. Julian said.
They will include local artisans and locally sourced food options, St. Julian said.
“No national brands,” he said.
Though Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members on Sept. 13 raised some concerns about parking – it will have no on-site parking – they approved the proposal 7-0.
“This is the kind of new commercial development we want in Old Hilliard,” said Mayor Don Schonhardt, who is a member of the commission.
Apart from public parking lots already in the area, Schonhardt said, the city’s long-term plans include improvements on Center Street, north of Wayne Street, that would add parking and a possible connection to Leppert Road.
Robert Fry of Plain City, Andrew Sheeter of Orlando and St. Julian of Hilliard formed a limited-liability company, CCB Columbus, to develop Center Street Market.
It will be built on the former site of the NAPA Auto Parts Store at 5354 Center St.
For more information about Crooked Can, go to crookedcan.com.
Read the full story in the Sept. 20 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.