Whitehall residents can learn about the city's redevelopment plans for the Commons at Royal Landing at one-hour public meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

Whitehall residents can learn about the city's redevelopment plans for the Commons at Royal Landing at one-hour public meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

City administrators have selected Continental Real Estate Cos. to create a walkable, mixed-use development plan with residential, commercial and office space for the 20-acre site at the southwest corner of East Broad Street and South Hamilton Road.

The city last year purchased for $5 million the 270-unit, 17-acre Commons at Royal Landing, a problematic apartment complex for the city from both code- and law-enforcement standpoints.

As part of the purchase, the city agreed to dismiss active code-violation complaints in Franklin County Municipal Court against the Commons at Royal Landing, a location that city spokeswoman Gail Martineau was a "heavy user" of police services.

The last of the leases remaining at the apartment complex end no later than March 1, Martineau said.

No contract is yet in place with Continental Real Estate, but a committee chose it from those that responded to the city's request for proposals earlier this year to redevelop the 20-acre site, Martineau said.

Legislation for a letter of intent is likely to be introduced at the next meeting of City Council committees, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Martineau said.

The proposed development site includes the 17-acre apartment site and about 3 acres that once held a McDonald's on the west side of South Hamilton Road just north of Fairway Boulevard.

At the Nov. 29 meeting, Development Director Zach Woodruff will introduce Continental Development as the proposed developer and outline the city goals for the parcel.

Mayor Kim Maggard said she looks forward to the opportunity to repurpose the intersection.

"As a community, we are laser-focused on economic development and attracting young professionals and empty-nesters," said Maggard, who credited Continental Real Estate as having "decades of experience creating high-quality projects that withstand the test of time" in central Ohio.

The redevelopment effort at East Broad Street and South Hamilton Road would follow a $2.7 million improvement project on North Hamilton Road at the city's entrance from John Glenn Port Columbus International Airport to the north of the redevelopment site.

Planning for the mixed-use development is underway and will continue into the first quarter of 2017, with construction expected to start in the second quarter, Martineau said.

The tentative name for it is Norton Crossing, according to an early rendering.

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