Representatives from Cocca Development, a real estate development and management company, confirmed Wednesday that a Marshall’s store is still being built by its company between Walmart and Lowe’s on the north side Hillsboro.
“Yes we are,” a company representative replied when asked if the development company was still building a Marshall’s in Hillsboro.
Cocca Development initially posted about the development of the site on its Facebook page in August of 2021.
“The city received plans and building permits on the project last week, and we are excited to welcome this new development,” Hillsboro Safety and Service Director Brianne Abbott said. “We do not have a current timeline on the construction completion.”
The development of the property has taken place following the abrupt withdrawal of the preceding developer, Orscheln Farm and Home, which halted development on a planned store at the same location. Orscheln sent an email announcing its intent to to city officials during a previous administration several years prior, as previously reported by The Times-Gazette.
The Orscheln project was placed on hold amidst speculation that the company’s decision to suspend development may have been correlated with the acquisition by Rural King of the former Hillsboro Kmart location in 2018, although Orscheln said in an email to the city of Hillsboro that, “Orscheln has numerous expansion projects underway and given the number and size of these projects, we recently made several adjustments to our schedule including the difficult decision to place the Hillsboro site on hold.”
Orscheln representatives praised Hillsboro’s attributes in the email previously published in the Times Gazette, stating, “Hillsboro, Ohio is a welcoming, impressive, thriving community and market.”
Orscheln subsequently listed the property for sale, and according to the Highland County Auditor website, the parcel was sold for $500,000 in 2021.
The official description of the property as reported by the Cocca Development website is, “4.67 acres of land for new 42,414-square-foot multi-tenant center to include Marshall’s with additional 20,414-square-feet available for lease.”
Representatives did not provide an estimated completion date.
Juliane Cartaino is a stringer for The Times-Gazette.