Ridge Stone Builders and Developers has taken real estate to another level in Perrysburg with a water-feature themed business park called “HarborTown Place.”
“Perrysburg needed an upscale business park,” Tim Gruber, with Ridge Stone Builders and Developers, said.
The 85-acre business park near the State Route 25 and Roachton Road intersection will feature man-made lakes, a highly visible lighthouse and other water-themed landscaping features.
Ridge Stone Builders and Developers chose a water theme because people find it to be calming, Gruber said.
Gruber said HarborTown Place will not be a “mall situation,” but will have restaurants, local businesses (rather than national vendors) and a walking path.
Development of HarborTown Place is underway with the entrance and landscaping having already been completed and the last section of the lighthouse nearly finished.
Gruber said they would break ground on three buildings within the next 30 days and expect the grand opening to occur in spring 2007 for the completed buildings.
Several businesses have made commitments to be a part of HarborTown Place.
According to Gruber, Jed’s Barbeque and Brew, Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank and Sizzler and Sizzler (a 47,000 sq. ft. entertainment center somewhat similar to Dave and Buster’s) have committed to a spot within HarborTown Place.
A traffic light at the entrance at Progress Drive with a turning lane north and south will be “a huge drawing card,” Gruber said.
With 325 acres of residential properties wrapping around HarborTown Place, residents living in the 600 homes found in that area will all be connected to the new business park.
The close proximity would allow the residents to walk or bike to local vendors, Gruber said.
President of Danberry National, Ltd. Brian McMahon echoed the potential of a “blended community.”
The surrounding residential area could access the local businesses without having to go out on the main road, which allows people to take advantage of convenience and less energy costs, McMahon said.
McMahon attributed Perrysburg’s recent growth within the last five years to retailers coming to the realization that the residents of the Wood County side of the Maumee River were being underserved.
McMahon said HarborTown Place is “well-positioned” within the new growth corridor on State Route 25.
“HarborTown Place is an innovative idea,” McMahon said. “[Ridge Stone Builders and Developers] set themselves apart with the water-feature theme.”