RICHMOND HEIGHTS. Ohio: — The city of Richmond Heights, Ohio’s Planning & Zoning Commission voted Wednesday (to recommend to City Council the landscaping and lighting plan for the Belle Oaks at Richmond mixed-use development planned for Richmond Town Square.

The commission also received a briefing on the proposed second phase, which will include seven Class A apartment buildings holding about 340 units. 

Together, both phases with their $200 million price tag propose to bring 791 new apartments to the 69.2-acre former Richmond Town Square mall site. In all, 13 new buildings will be constructed in two phases, as well as a first-phase “central park,” complete with a “water feature” or large pond; an outdoor swimming pool with outdoor grilling; a Jacuzzi and hot tub and ample space on the pools’ deck for lounging; a dog park; a lighted walking trail circling the entire development; and more.

In keeping with the name “Belle Oaks,” the landscaping design proposes a series of oak trees, lit at night, standing on both sides of the main road leading into the development. Retail storefronts with apartments on top will be the first buildings experienced, with apartment buildings and outdoor amenities located further within.

The development’s architect, Brian Meng of Bialosky, Cleveland said, a new Planet Fitness Building, at 25K sq/ft could be constructed facing the Southern border of the property.  The current Planet Fitness building is slated for demolition during Phase 2 operations.