NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - After 10 years of court battles and city protests, the Rookwood Exchange is about the become a reality.
Officials from the City of Norwood and the project development team celebrated with the official groundbreaking this afternoon across the street from Rookwood Commons.
The 12-acre development includes:
- 85,000 square foot, 123-key Courtyard by Marriott
- 15,000 square foot single story retail along Edwards Road
- 230,000 square foot mixed use retail/entertainment/office building
- Two (2) 9,000 square foot restaurants
- 750-car parking garage & surface parking
Site work on the 12-acre development begins this week but drivers are concerned the construction and additional buildings will create more traffic problems.
"Traffic is terrible now but it's going to get worse," says Vickey Edwards who lives in Norwood.
"I think the traffic will get worse but I'm looking forward to it, always something new," says David Gaudio of Corryville.
Developer Jeff Anderson says they are aware of the traffic congestion and plan to widen both Edmonson and Edwards Roads to help solve the issue.
"According to all the traffic studies we have and working with the state of Ohio and with the city...we've been able to pretty much alleviate any traffic problems that we see," says Anderson.
The $20 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel is expected to open Spring 2013.