COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)— More dining and entertainment opportunities will come to North Columbus in the coming New Year. The first phase of the $65 million development is expected to be completed in February 2023.
Nestled between US Hwy. 80 and Georgia 85, Midland Commons is estimated to bring more than 800 jobs and generate more than $88 million for the city of Columbus. The mixed-use development will feature an array of fast food chains, retail stores, local restaurants and loft apartments. However, one shining feature is their Lifestyle Center which developer Chris Wightman says they modeled after Uptown Columbus’ Friday night concert series.
“That’s exactly where we got it from. What we’ve heard many times is that people who live here in this area don’t want to drive downtown. They don’t want to compete with the GIs. They don’t want to compete with the college kids and that younger crowd. They want to go over there, eat well, hear a concert and then go home,” she said.
Midland Commons is also working to get City Council approval for an entertainment district for the Lifestyle Center where people can carry open containers in the backyard and green space.
“What we envisioned is people being able to mutually secure rent out there. So if anybody here who’s eating in the Italian restaurant wants to fill up their wine glass, we want them to be able to go over there to the bar that we’re going to have and sit and drink at the bar,” Wightman added. He hopes this encourages people to enjoy the courtyard. gather around the fire pit and stay for a concert.
Some Columbus residents have voiced their concerns that chain restaurants and storefronts like Culver’s, Publix, Dunkin Donuts, AT&T, Advanced Autoparts, among others are expected to move to Midland Commons; however, Wightman says the Lifestyle Center will feature some local options and restaurants.
“We are talking to an Italian restaurant and a pizzeria; very serious negotiations with them right now. I think you will be very proud of the local talent we are bringing out here,” she said.
In the Lifestyle Center there will also be a sushi restaurant, a bar, another location of Kilwins and among a few other options. There is one suite available to rent in the Lifestyle Center.
To give that area a “downtown” feel there will also be 22 loft-style apartments above the restaurants overlooking the Lifestyle Center in one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans.
Retailers joining Midland Commons outside the Lifestyle Center include Publix, Great Clips, Their Lash, AT&T, Domino’s, Jersey Mikes, Synovus, Advanced Auto Parts, Culver’s, Dunkin Donuts and Jiffy Lube. There are still a few showcase suites open for rent.
Once again, the first phase of the 88-acre development is expected to be completed in February 2023. More information can be found here.