CLARKSVILLE — Several restaurants and one store, including a Blaze Pizza, Starbucks and Sleep Number, have signed on as tenants for Clarksville’s future Veterans Crossing development, according to Hogan Real Estate site plans sent to the News and Tribune by newsgathering partner WAVE 3 News and confirmed by Hogan president Justin Phelps.
In June, the Clarksville Plan Commission approved a development plan by Hogan Real Estate to transform the land adjacent to Clarksville Town Hall and bordering Veterans Parkway into a six-building commercial development with 11 tenants by 2018.
All but three of those tenants for the 35,000-square foot development are now confirmed. In addition to the ones already mentioned, the 5-acre Veterans Crossing will feature three more outlots: a First Watch location and a Mission BBQ restaurant, as well as as retail center with a CoreLife Eatery, Chillburger and a T-Mobile store.
“We’re really excited about we’ve landed here,” Phelps said.
First Watch is a cafe chain with locations throughout the country, the two closest being in Louisville. Mission BBQ is — true to its name — a barbecue, ribs and sandwiches joint, which also has multiple locations in the United States, including one in Louisville. CoreLife Eatery’s closest location is in Lexington, Kentucky, and the New York state-based restaurant serves healthy food free from artificial additives that's often locally sourced. Chillburger is a new, local chain by the family behind Zesto and Chillers, which is opening its first full location in Floyds Knobs on Aug. 31.
Of the first mentioned tenants, country-wide Blaze Pizza creates artisanal pies and will be expanding into the Southern Indiana area for the first time after opening three locations in Louisville.
Veterans Crossing’s unconfirmed tenants will make up about 10,900-square feet of the development, Phelps said. Two will be retail and located in the strip with CoreLife, Chiliburger, T-Mobile and Blaze Pizza. The final one, a 6,800-square foot outlot, will be a casual sit-down restaurant.
Phelps said that those leases should be finalized in the “next few weeks.”
Clarksville Redevelopment Director Dylan Fisher said that Veterans Crossing’s tenants are — so far — exactly what the town was hoping for.
“We’ve been happy with it and pleased with the restaurant component of it,” he said.
The town was hoping to attract new brands to the market, as well as restaurants that were expanding or growing at a fast rate nationally.
But most of all, Fisher said that the town is happy that the project will open at 100 percent occupancy.
Clarksville made a deal to sell the Veterans Crossing land to Hogan Real Estate for about $4.9 million in October of last year, according to an old News and Tribune article. The pairing has been a fortunate one, according to Phelps.
“The Town of Clarksville has been great to work with, and we’re excited that we were finally able to put the shovel in the ground last week,” he said.
Phelps anticipates that the six-tenant retail center and some of Veterans Crossing’s outlots will have their tenants by March of 2018. Hogan Real Estate might hold a grand opening for the development sometime from late-May to early-June.
The entrance to Clarksville Town Hall and the Clarksville Police Department off of Veterans Parkway closed on Aug. 17 due to Veterans Crossing construction, according to a town Facebook post. Access to the town buildings are still accessible via Broadway Street and Sam Gwin Drive.
Hogan Real Estate will also build a stoplight at Sam Gwin Drive and Veterans Parkway.