Groundbreaking of The Crile Crossing Project
We always like to stay in touch with what is going on in Lake County so we are members of both the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce and the Mentor Chamber of Commerce and attend as many of their events as possible. Along these lines, we are very much looking forward to tabling at Painesville Party in the Park the weekend of July 15th through 17th. So on the morning of July 6th, we drove over to Concord Township for the groundbreaking of "Crile Crossing" a new shopping development located just south of the Sunoco Station on Crile Road. We introduced ourselves to Mr. Lance F. Osborne, President and CEO of the Osborne Capital Group that is overseeing this project which will consist of four buildings housing 32,000 square feet of various retail establishments, service providers and restaurants. Hopefully, everything should be ready for the first business which happens to be a "Starbucks" to be officially opened at the beginning of 2017.
Mr. Osborne noted that he and his staff have been working very hard on this project for the last four years; he said if we could see the amount of the amount of paperwork that has so far been generated we would think that he and his company were overseeing a real estate school. Mr. Osborne gave a great deal of credit to his staff for their dedication to this endeavor and said that the people at Concord Township were just great to work with.
Two Concord Township Trustees, Mr. Christopher A. Galloway and Mr. Paul R. Malchesky, each got to speak for a moment. They both expressed theiroptimism about the "Crile Crossing" project because they believed that it would be great in terms of providing services to residents and be a strong positive in terms of the economic development of the area. It was said at this time that the third trustee, Ms. Caroline N. Luhta, would have loved to have been there but unfortunately she was away on an assignment.
The importance of the "Crile Crossing" development was evidenced by the number of local officials who turned out for this groundbreaking including Lake County Commissioner Kevin Malecek; Ms. Cathy Bieterman, Painesville Economic Development Director; and Mr. Doug Lewis, Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director of Painesville. Other people present on for this occasion were Ms. Katie Burger from the office of U.S. Congressman David P. Joyce; Ms. Felicia King from the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; Ms. Josette Burns, from the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Hustad; and Mr. Eric Synenberg from the Office of Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Mr. Synenberg had met us just a few weeks earlier at a fundraiser for our friend Judge Joan Synenberg, his stepmother, so he walked over to shake hands and say hello.
And then, of course, there were friends of ours there from the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce like Mr. David Komjati of KeyBank of Painesville, Mr. Jim Gray of Cardinal Community Credit Union, and Ms. Linda Reed, the Executive Director of the chamber.
We, ourselves, talked to a couple of the people there about the potential of immigrant-owned business to greatly contribute to local economies and hoped that this development may some day house of couple of them.
At the appropriate time, golden shovels were seized and the ground was broken amidst cheers as Mr. Galloway called out, "looking forward to having you all back for the ribbon cutting!"
Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC