With the latest addition to Ooltewah's new mixed-use development—Tedford Family Dentistry—Cambridge Square is moving toward completion, although there is more work to be done and more space for businesses to locate there.
"The main, central square is scheduled for completion this spring 2013," development spokesman Dan Carlson said via email. "That includes a stage, interactive fountain, etc. Heading into the summer, the goal is to start activating the square with a schedule of community events—getting area schools and organizations involved to help build familiarity."
Leaders announced this week that Tedford Family Dentistry will join the development, which will have dining, entertainment, retail and Class A commercial office space.
Dr. Keith Tedford has targeted late 2013 as a move-in date, officials said in a news release.
Currently, he has an office at 5913 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, where he has been working with patients since 2007. He has also practiced in Cleveland, Tenn.
“Cambridge Square is the next big step in the incredible evolution of Ooltewah,” Tedford said in a prepared statement. “I’m excited about making a bigger impact here as a founding member of this new community."
Lupi's and Southern Burger Company will face the square and are scheduled to open in the spring. There is another spec building in that area that is also underway that is open and awaiting a new business, Carlson said.
"There is quite a bit more room for businesses moving in," he said. "There's property right on the square and just off the square. There's also a separate parcel of land."
The development will have a residential component, but Carlson said there isn't major news to report about that part now.
There's also no word on the cost of the development because details such as the residential side are still in the works, Carlson said.
Last January, leaders with The Lupton Company sought to engage local business owners and entrepreneurs and attract them to the development.
And now, leaders are focused on businesses with a solid tie to the area that will give the square a "genuine local personality," Carlson said.
"The key is to find the right ones who have an understanding of the area and are excited about the great opportunity for growth," he said. "That way, we'll know that they can thrive here from the outset and make Cambridge Square stronger (better than just the sum of all its parts). Dr. Tedford is a prime example—his family lives in Ooltewah, he serves patients from all around there and he's excited for what this growth will do."