University Square may be relatively new to the community of suburban Cleveland, OH, but the 611,500 sq.ft. shopping destination is swaggering into town to flaunt a state-of-the-art, four-level vertical power center with three anchors.
University Square opened phase one of the project on March 8, 2002 with a 165,200 sq.ft. Kaufmann’s at the intersection of Warrensville and Cedar Roads, which has an average daily traffic count of 30,000 vehicles. Phase two of the project is scheduled to open in March, 2003 with a 164,600 sq.ft. Target and a 58,000 sq.ft. Tops Supermarket as the co-anchors.
Unlike most traditional big box power centers, University Square will present a more urban streetscape appearance with the combination of a brick, stucco and glass facade accentuated with towers, faux columns, roof articulation and classical entrances. The design of the buildings will incorporate elements from nearby John Carrol University and Cleveland’s downtown Warehouse District.
Tops Supermarkets, which specializes in catering and on-site baking, has its own level and is accessible from the ground floor in the parking garage, while Kaufmann’s, a leading retail department store, occupies the first and second levels. Target, the main anchor, will have garage access from the third floor and its main entrance on the fourth level. In addition to the three anchors, University Square will feature an array of retailers, including T.J. Maxx, Famous Footwear, Key Bank, and some yet-to-be-announced restaurants and boutiques. Store entrances with the retailer’s signage will provide streetfront exposure for tenants.
A 2,500-car, five-level parking garage with elevator access to the anchors will give customers the luxury of shopping different tiers without the need to move their vehicles. The parking facility has also been designed with a speed ramp system for easy access to all levels.