TALLMADGE — Construction of a medical office building is under way adjacent to city hall, but the planned renovation of a former school is on hold for the time being.
The multi-phase mixed use development known as Tallmadge Town Center was supposed to feature the renovation of the former Tallmadge Middle School — affectionately referred to as the old schoolhouse — for use as a daycare at 70 North Ave.
"We lost the daycare, unfortunately, and we have not made a decision what to do with that space," Joel A. Testa, president/chief operating officer for the Testa Companies, told the Tallmadge Express Monday. The client who dropped out operates a daycare business in Kent.
The Tallmadge Middle School stopped using the site in 2008 when the new Tallmadge High School opened; the original school at that location had opened in 1911.
"We’re talking to a whole lot of people," according to Testa, "(but) … (there are) no leases signed (for the former school)."
Construction of a 34,900-square-foot medical office building on the site is advancing. The medical office building is envisioned as a two-story brick structure; it will house two tenants, according to Brett R. Moses, principal of Mota Design Group: a family practitioner associated with Summa Care and a DaVita dialysis center. There will be a covered drop-off area for the medical office building and a dedicated drop-off for the dialysis center in the front.
The first phase of Tallmadge Town Center was the construction of the main roadway, infrastructure and a four-story building known as The Village at Town Center at 100 North Ave. That building features commercial space, senior apartments and loft condos. Testa says the condos are just being finished, and a handful of residents have moved in. A grand opening for them will be announced shortly, according to Testa.
A one-story, 4,000-square-foot commercial and retail building has been constructed at 80 North Ave. as phase two. Jimmy John’s is located on one side and the other remains available for lease.
There is the potential for a fourth phase of the development, Moses said, though he could provide no timetable or details about it.
Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, firstname.lastname@example.org or @EllinWalsh_RPC.