Casto breaks ground on redevelopment of Thurber Village in Columbus

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Casto partners Frank Benson, Don Casto (in hardhats) and Paul Lukeman get started on Thurber Village.

After three years of planning, Casto has begun its re-do of a center near the Ohio State campus.

The backhoes and excavators got their engines running once Lucky’s Market was secured as the anchor for Thurber Village in Columbus’s Victorian Village neighborhood last month.

“We know and love Victorian Village, Short North, Harrison West and other surrounding areas that our future Lucky’s will service,” said Lucky’s VP Aaron Saltzman at this week’s groundbreaking ceremony. “We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this significant reinvestment and bring a brand new Lucky’s Market to this growing and thriving community.”

Casto’s plan is to transform the neighborhood center into a mixed-use project that will feature the 21,000-sq.-ft. Lucky’s and a 13,000-sq.-ft. CVS alongside a 225-unit apartment complex on the property.

“Today’s gathering was an exciting milestone for Casto, Lucky’s, and CVS.  It recognizes the hard work of many people over the last few years who have contributed to this redevelopment effort,” said Casto VP of leasing and development Eric Leibowitz.

Casto, whose portfolio includes mixed-use, retail, and more than 6,000 multifamily units total 26 million sq. ft. of commercial property, is based in Columbus.