Finding your way to Columbia Township businesses

finding your wayA Columbia Township business district could have the best hardware store, grocery and nail salon in the world, but if people can’t find them it’s all for naught.

So township officials are inviting businesses in the Ridge Road and Highland Avenue area to help implement a wayfinding system to steer people to the businesses.

“We are undertaking this project as a result of concerns expressed by several businesses that their customers do not know how to get to their location from the exit off Interstate 71 south,” Columbia Township Administrator Michael Lemon said.

Also, “An assessment revealed little if any directional signage or indicators anywhere in the business district to help get people to various parts of the business district or to specific establishments,” Lemon said.

Lemon said Columbia Township doesn’t want to erect large or numerous signs.

“We are attempting to get people to their destination through the use of symbols and minimal signage,” Lemon said.

“We are gathering a number of stakeholders to attend several meetings to help us determine which techniques will work best in the Ridge and Highland business area.”

The public will be invited to join the conversation later, Lemon said.

Ridgewater Plaza Sold for $10.5M

ridgewaterCincinnati Enquirer -February 18, 2016

 A Columbia Township grocery-anchored shopping center has been sold for $10.5 million, according to the commercial real estate services firm that helped broker the sale.

New York-based Garrison Investment Group sold the 43-year-old Ridgewater Plaza at 5371-5385 Ridge Ave. to Frayer Enterprises of Oklahoma, according to information from Marcus & Millichap and the Hamilton County auditor’s office. Officials from Marcus & Millichap said the 175,028-square-foot center is 98 percent occupied.

Built in 1973 and shadow-anchored by Lowe’s, Ridgewater Plaza is anchored by a 64,700-square-foot Remke Markets, Big Lots, Office Depot, and Fallas Discount Stores. Other tenants include Sally Beauty Supply, GameStop, Fast Signs and National Cash Advance. Remke Markets has been a tenant since 1988 and Big Lots has been at the center since 1994.