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On August 10, the Richmond Heights Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved to recommend site, elevation, lighting and landscaping plans to City Council for the upcoming Meijer store in Belle Oaks Marketplace.

Mixed-use development on Richmond and Wilson Mills Roads is planned for the former site of Richmond Town Square and Richmond Mall. Built in 1966, the mall completely closed in May 2021. It was once considered the largest enclosed mall in Ohio with more than 90 stores and has been largely vacant since 2017. Demolition is expected to begin in ‘by the end of the year to make way for the project.

Jeremy Kumin, communications manager for Belle Oaks Marketplace, told the Cleveland Jewish News in an email that the 160,000-square-foot retailer will offer household essentials, including beauty and personal care products, home, pet care, electronics, toys, a gardening center and much more for the 790 luxury apartments planned for the development.

“The Meijer Supercenter at Belle Oaks Marketplace is committed to enriching the surrounding communities,” he wrote. “More retail and restaurant announcements to come. Exciting things are coming to the Belle Oaks Marketplace project.

An updated site plan for Belle Oaks Marketplace, which is set to begin demolition of the old Richmond Town Square and Richmond Heights Shopping Center at the end of the year.

The CJN previously reported that Belle Oaks is expected to include 1,617,800 square feet of restaurants, retail, grocery stores and a new multi-family community as part of the $250 million project when complete. DealPoint Merrill of California is developing the property and first approached the city around July 2017. Once all phases of construction are complete, there are expected to be 40,000 square feet of restaurants, 315,000 square feet of grocery stores and retail stores. retail, including the Meijer store.