Plans for Secor Village in West Toledo, Approved

Plans for Secor Village in West Toledo, Approved

The Toledo Plan Commission approved site plans Thursday for Secor Village, a new shopping development that will have a Whole Foods Market as the anchor tenant.

The 40,000-square-foot upscale gourmet grocery and two smaller commercial/​retail buildings will be constructed on seven acres along Secor Road near Executive Parkway at the site of the former Showcase Cinemas

George Oravecz, the developer’s engineer, told the planning board the proposed shopping center will complete the rebuilding of the movie theater property that was demolished in 2011.

A Hampton Inn hotel was built behind the site of the planned shopping center and groundbreaking is expected soon for a Holiday Inn Express on property adjacent to it.

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S.J. Collins Enterprises, a Fairburn, Ga.-based retail developer with a long history of working with Whole Foods, has announced on its website it is working on the Whole Foods project in the construction of Secor Village.

Jeff Garrison of S.J. Collins said in an email that construction is anticipated to start in late summer, with openings starting in late 2016 and finishing in 2017.

Plans call for the other two multitenant buildings to be 22,500 square feet and 4,800 square feet. Tenants for those structures, which could include restaurants, boutiques, and everyday essentials, will be chosen later, Mr. Garrison said.

“Stay tuned for announcements on other tenants,” he said in the email.

Whole Foods is a retailer of natural and organic foods, with 414 stores in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The company has six groceries in Ohio, with four more in development, including Toledo.

An underground retention pond to collect stormwater from the buildings and parking lots will be built under the parking surface at the northeast side of the development, near the future Holiday Inn Express, Mr. Oravecz said.

Only a single additional curb-cut will be built on heavily traveled Secor to allow access to the shopping complex. Traffic from Secor also will be able to access the site at the existing intersection with a traffic signal at Executive Parkway, which also provides access to the Hampton Inn.

In its recommendation for approval of the project, the plan commission staff said the developer should have alternative parking plans to augment the 201 spaces in the plans.

The staff also said a minimum of 14 bicycle spaces would be needed for the Whole Foods building and 10 more spots for bikes at the other two buildings.

The plans also show that the development will have extensive landscaping throughout the parking areas and around the buildings. A row of solid evergreen hedges at the front near Secor are designed to buffer the parking lot from the street.

Mr. Oravecz said the plantings and landscaping will be a major improvement from what existed when the property was a movie theater.