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TALLMADGE -- Construction has begun on phase two of The Village at Town Center, a mixed-use development on slightly more than 8 acres beside city hall; a one-story, 4,000-square-foot commercial and retail building will rise there.
Brett Moses, an architect/owner with the Cuyahoga Falls-based Mota Design Group, said the building will be divided in two for separate tenants; it will feature brick similar to that used in phase one for continuity purposes. According to Moses, slightly more than 2,000-square-feet has been leased by a restaurant offering sit-down, drive-through and carryout options; he declined to name the business at this time. The second parcel had not been leased at press time. Moses said he envisions the remaining space in that building as a restaurant as well, but one without a drive-through window.
The Tallmadge Heritage Commission approved the building's proposed facade April 25. Members of Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the site plan for phase two earlier in the month with the condition that a second driveway be installed parallel with the proposed drive-through lane to address anticipated traffic concerns.
Phase one "is approaching completion," according to Moses. Testa Enterprises owns the property. The first phase has involved constructing roadway infrastructure and a four-story building parallel to the woods at 76 North Ave. Commercial development is eyed for the first floor, with age-restricted senior apartments for rent on the second and third floors, and market-rate condos on the fourth floor. Restaurant Wally Waffle has leased space in the southwest corner of that building. The overall price tag of the development is estimated at $45 million.
Joel Testa, chief operating officer for the Testa Companies, told the Tallmadge Express previously that further phases of the development will feature the construction of a medical office building on the front of the site, which is expected to be in the 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot range. The former Tallmadge Middle School is expected to be converted into day care space.
With its proximity to Tallmadge Circle, Testa has said he expects The Village at Town Center to bring "more vibrancy" to the center of town. He reported most communities have a need for affordable senior housing and asserted that Tallmadge has the second oldest population in Summit County.
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