Crestview shopping mall’s groundbreaking could be in 2014

Power Ctr plan

This site plan for the proposed Crestview Power Center shopping mall was presented at a June public City Council workshop.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Plans for a shopping center proposed for a site west of State Road 85 next to the Lowe's home improvement store continue to move slowly forward.

Developers hope to break ground on the project, called the Crestview Power Center, at the beginning of 2014, Public Works Director Wayne Steele said during Monday’s city council meeting.

Rain has delayed a new site survey that will provide city leaders and project partners with more exact boundaries for the project's components such as retail stores and restaurants.

"They are finalizing the new boundary," Steele said.

While developers with the Watkins Group have not disclosed which chains will occupy the Power Center, a site plan presented to the council labeled one freestanding restaurant "Red Lobster."

Developers have repeatedly said that major national chain stores and eateries have expressed interest in the project.

Bob Peck of the Watkins Group was in Crestview this week and told Steele meetings with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Transportation have necessitated adjusting the Power Center master plan to relocate some of the planned buildings.

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