A proposed Xenia entertainment center could be bigger than initially envisioned, as developers work to begin construction on it early this year.

The project, estimated at $7.5 million, would be a new 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center in the former Fulmers grocery store at the Xenia Towne Square Shopping Center.

Developer Creative Entertainment Concepts Inc. says it has also partnered with Starmax Entertainment Group LLC out of South Carolina, which could build out a 32,000-square-foot, 8-screen movie theater on adjacent land, which houses a vacant former Kmart building.

“After we looked at the market we found it could support a movie theater,” said David Beauregard, managing partner for Creative Entertainment Concepts Inc., an Indianapolis company that redevelops old properties into family entertainment centers.

The project is another effort by Xenia to redevelop vacant space into creative re-use. In this case, the formerly vacant retail space could be a new entertainment destination for the Dayton area.

I first reported Creative Entertainment Concepts Inc. was looking at redeveloping the former Xenia Towne Square Shopping Center last August. It looks like developers are shooting to get to work on the project by this summer.

Contractors have not been selected, and Xenia hasn’t received any permits on the project yet, said Steve Brodsky, development director for the city. But Beauregard said contractors could be selected as soon as next week. Interior demolition on the shopping center could begin in 30 days and the build-out of the interior there would follow quickly.

The movie theater will be all new construction, so demolition on the Kmart building may be in the next 120 days.

The entertainment center could have such attractions as a a 14-lane bowling alley, laser tag, bumper cars, an arcade, a banquet area and sports bar, Beauregard said. In all, the project is now expected to create 50 full-time and part-time jobs.

“This is still in the early stages, but we’re cautiously optimistic,” Brodsky said. “We hope we can see things really get underway by this summer.”

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