A struggling retail development in Lancaster, OH needed major redevelopment to meet the demands of modern shoppers. The property was underutilized, with an abandoned K-Mart building and aging Kroger Store. We oversaw the overall vision and execution of this massive project, including demolition of the old K-Mart to construct a new, 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace store, as well as repurposing the existing Kroger for smaller retail tenants such as PetSmart and HomeGoods. Settlement and floodplain analysis led to constructing the buildings three feet higher than the original stores, resulting in a more secure development.
Two FEMA regulated streams converge at the back corner of the site. V3 performed a flood study on the area and determined that the existing K-Mart building was below the 100-year flood elevation for the site. As such, once demolished, the new Kroger store was constructed three feet higher than the previous store.
The import of fill for the higher floor elevation combined with the increased weight of the new store presented a problem due to settlement of the soft, existing soils. A foundation system utilizing aggregate piers was designed to mitigate the settlement concerns. V3 also worked with FEMA to amend the existing flood plain regulatory maps for the site, avoiding the need for flood insurance.
Due to soft soils and poor maintenance, the existing parking lot on the site was failing. All of the existing pavement was removed down to subgrade. The area was then lime stabilized prior to new asphalt pavement being installed.