The city is also holding off on some improvements it was to do to help the project, expected to extend the downtown business district and revitalize the city’s northern gateway.
“The city is moving forward with the construction of Berry Plaza Park. We are not going to do the streetscape improvements in front of 511 N. Broadway Ave. until the development project moves into the construction phase,” Lebanon City Manager Scott Brunka said in an email this morning.
The ordinance through which the city council supports the new dates also cites delays related to the “state stay-at home order on the project construction timeline.”
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Cohen said he hoped to begin as soon as August and definitely by the first of 2021 after checking on pricing and with more than 100 subcontractors and suppliers involved in the project.
“Our hope is people are going to be ready to get going by the end of year,” he said. “As long as things are substantially the same, we’re ready to go.”
He said Catch-a-Fire Pizza, currently operating from the MadTree Brewing taproom in Cincinnati, still plans to be the first business in the development.
He said changes to the retail sector related to COVID-19 left uncertain the other businesses to move there.
“Things have changed dramatically in the retail segment,” Cohen said.
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