Developer Charles Townsend won approval of the preliminary plan of the development across from Sam's Club - but he can't say who are the businesses that may open there in a year, until ground is broken.   

Townsend says he has been working with owner Marilyn Vaughan and her sister for four or five years, and things might happen soon. 

If everything lines up (but nothing is guaranteed) they may break ground in 60 days, for up to 13 retailers on the middle 11 acres of the property.  Two would be larger retail, what he calls "junior box" stores. 

Two lots at both the north and south ends are not planned to be developed...yet...but that could also change. 

With satisfaction from the city on traffic, drainage, and other aspects, the planning board approved the overall design Wednesday afternoon. 

But if that doesn't work out, the 18 acres may still be a farm with benefits. 

Monday night, council considered not approving a renewal of it as an Agricultural District.  

The county contended that it was not being farmed, but in emails from council, they appear to have missed their deadline...and the owner said if plans fall through, soy beans could still be planted this summer.  The city's deadline is July 9th.

The name "Guernsey Crossing" was given by the owners, whose Guernsey cows crossed from where Olive Garden is now, at Seney Road, to the milking barn near J.C. Penny's. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture