The old Elder Beerman building in Downtown Hamilton is being converted into a $6.5 million mixed-use project with retail, office space and residential. (Provided by CORE Fund)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -
When the old Elder Beerman building closed in 2009, the massive 167,000 square foot building became an eyesore in the heart of this Butler County city.
That is all changing with a $6.5 million redevelopment plan underway.
The former High Street department store is being converted into a mix of stores, offices and residential units.
It is the brainchild of Hamilton Consortium for Ongoing Reinvestment Efforts, or CORE Fund, Executive Director Mike Dingeldein. CORE Fund, a non-profit, which purchased the building in 2013.
“We did not have any preconceived notions about how the building would be re-used, except to agree that a large scale department store as it had been since 1969 was not a likely option,” Dingeldein said.
Five tenants are expected. Call center Star Tek will occupy more than 40,000 square feet and bring 686 new jobs. Kettering Health Network plans to construct two offices in about 10,000 square feet of space. Inside/Out Art Studios and Jackson's Market and Deli will share a combined 6,000 square feet.
Although small in space, developers say Jackson's Market could have one of the biggest impacts on the Hamilton community.
“As downtown housing makes a comeback like it has in the past 5 years, we clearly need to re-establish support for downtown living. A new fresh food market concept is a perfect fit for the new growth of uses in our downtown core,” said Dingeldein.
Owner Steve Jackson described his store as an old fashioned market featuring as much local produce and product as possible.
He said they are currently in the planning and permitting stage, but construction could start as early as next month with a grand opening in May or June.