The $146 million Centerville Place proposal unveiled this week could transform one of the Miami Valley’s first craft brewing destinations, the original location of Lock 27 Brewing.
The architectural plans for the former Kroger store and surrounding retail center on Ohio 48 between Sheehan and Spring Valley roads, submitted to Centerville city officials for approval earlier this week, show a new-look Lock 27 with, potentially, a rooftop patio or deck, among other enhancements.
“Look for lots of exciting ideas for the new Lock 27 Brewing Centerville 2.0, including an all-new expedition brewhouse, to continue our ‘Beer on a Journey,’” Lock 27 founder and CEO Steve Barnhart said on the brewery’s Facebook page.
Barnhart, who launched his brewery in the south Centerville space in 2013 and four years later opened a large production brewery and restaurant adjacent to Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, told this news outlet in a phone interview that while a new Centerville brewery and pub “won’t change the way we serve our customers, the new space will be better-suited for our needs.”
“This will allow us to do MORE, rather than just more of the same,” Barnhart said. “We’re excited about it.”
City officials say the proposal has the potential to bring new energy to the city.
Larry Dillin, a developer who also oversees the Austin Landing center, said the plan for Centerville Place will include retail, restaurant, office and residential elements.
The project will bring economic opportunities for Centerville and become a gateway to the community, according to City Manager Wayne Davis. “This type of investment is a game-changer and it does not happen every day,” Davis said. “Larry and his team are visionary and meticulous in their approach.”
Under the proposal, current tenants such as Lock 27 will continue their leases and will be offered the opportunity to occupy space in the newly created property alongside a collection of new tenants and services.
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“This is a gateway community project that will redefine the way people think about Centerville as they enter from the south,” Dillin said. “We will take a property that is well-positioned in the marketplace, and make it a showcase location full of energy on the southern border of Centerville.”
The plan calls for replacement of the oldest section of existing retail space, including the former Kroger location, and converting the site into an updated mixed-use project, according to Dillin. That means retail, restaurant, office and residential space, plus other new building structures connected by heavily landscaped sidewalks and parking, along with public parks and water features.
The design concept maintains the connections with the existing Kroger and neighboring retail buildings. Early merchandising plans anticipate a collection of new restaurants, retail and offices along with residential uses.