After many months of on again, off again construction, it sounds like a new southeast Rochester commercial center could be ready for business soon.
Construction of a 5,040-square-foot retail building began last summer in front of the Eastwood Plaza at 1513 12 St. S.E. A variety of issues, including an easement dispute, have slowed the progress of the project.
But that is all in the past now, according to Ari Kolas. Kolas is one of the owners of Eastwood Plaza under the name of Athena 2004 LLC. He also is an owner of Rochester-based Apollo Wine & Spirits, which has one of its six Rochester stores based in Eastwood Plaza. It also has a franchised store in the Shoppes on Maine development in the southwest quadrant and a store in Austin.
"It should be done sometime in early June," he said.
The new building has three retail spots, two of which already are leased. When completed, Cricket Wireless and Little Caesars Pizza are slated to move in and open for business.
The third space, which includes a drive-up window, still is available, according to Kolas. He is hoping to find a food establishment of some sort as a tenant.
This Eastwood project is one that Kolas has been thinking about for a long time.
"I always wanted to do something on the outlot. I was just waiting for the proper opportunity to do it. The climate is good for it now with the growth of Rochester," he said previously. "It's been in the back of my head forever. It's got awesome visibility."
Kolas is enthusiastic about the intersection of 12th Street Southeast and Marion Road, which Athena 2004 bought for $1.6 million in 2004.
"It's a great corner that people forget about. It really is a great neighborhood," he said. — Jeff Kiger