COLUMBUS (WCMH)– Easton Town Center announces a $500 million expansion that will feature retailers, breweries and restaurants, entertainment venues and hotels, plus public event spaces and social gathering areas.

Over the next four years, officials hope to market Easton as the premier place to live and work in the Columbus area. 

The addition of a new district will help meet the demand by national and local firms that want to be a part of the area, according to a release. 

Construction is already underway on various components of the expansion including:

Infrastructure: Site, roadway and utility infrastructure work are currently underway so customers will notice traffic pattern changes for the coming months.

Worth Avenue/Merchants Row: The existing Town Center will be connected to the new area via the extension of Worth Avenue and the addition of Merchants Row. Vibrant streetscapes with exciting new shopping, dining and leisure areas, such as The Yard and Urban Hearth, will activate the area and ensure that every visit brings a new experience for guests.

The Yard: Easton Town Center currently hosts more than 100 public events in the Town Square and North District Fountain area. To accommodate demand, the expansion will include a public green known as The Yard. The Yard is intended to be a leisure destination for live music and entertainment, events that benefit community organizations and other gatherings. It will be centrally located and surrounded by new eateries, shops and entertainment venues.

Urban Hearth: Located within the core of the expansion, Urban Hearth is an industrial building that has been architecturally deconstructed to create a social space energized by adjacent breweries, restaurants, and entertainment spaces. It is a lively environment to gather, relax and spend time with friends and family around the Hearth, on the patio, or in the alleyway surrounded by an eclectic mix of tenants.

Parking: As part of the new expansion, additional parking will be constructed including two new parking levels to the existing parking garage just north of Macy’s. A new six-level garage will also be added to the area. Together, these structures will add an additional 1,500 parking spaces in the Town Center.