NP paid 80% of the costs of Polaris Parkway and funded construction of sanitary sewer lines and water mains along Polaris Parkway.
When the POLARIS Interchange opened in November, 1991, the first building was already completed. It was a two-story, 60,000 square foot high tech assembly building built by B.F. Goodrich for its Aerospace Division. The facility was later expanded and converted into a food research and testing facility for the Borden Companies.
NP’s original conceptual land plans envisioned a large mixed-use project with a large office building on the west side of I-71. This large, monolithic structure defied any realistic expectations.
However, in 1994 Bank One (now Chase) acquired 175 acres and began a building of what has become the second largest, single user occupied building in the World behind the Pentagon. It has over 2 million square feet, housing approximately 10,000 employees.
In 1998 the most significant retail development took place with the construction of Polaris Towne Center, a 750,000 square foot inline retail center. In October of 2001, the Polaris Fashion Place opened with seven anchor department stores. This 1-1/2 million square foot mall was built in 385 days.
From farm land in 1991, POLARIS has grown to be the largest mixed-use development in Central Ohio.
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