City and developer closer to moving mall project forward

Peck & Coleman

Community activist Mae R. Coleman expresses her support for a proposed shopping mall in Crestview with developer Bob Peck following a city council workshop Tuesday evening.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 07:09 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A major shopping center is closer to becoming a reality following a Tuesday evening workshop in which representatives of the developer and the city outlined ways to move the project forward.

Next, the Watkins Retail Group will make a formal presentation to the Crestview City Council, which will meet in a quasi-judicial hearing to consider the developer's request for impact fee waivers.

Attorney Jon Holloway, representing Watkins, briefed the council on the project planned for property north of the Lowe's home improvement store west of State Road 85.

Holloway mentioned a list of national retailers and restaurants that he said "have expressed interest" in the shopping mall to be called Crestview Crossings Power Center.

Some of the companies he listed include Academy Sports, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Books-A-Million, Toys-R-Us, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, PetCo, Target and Wal-Mart.

Among eateries on the list are Darden Restaurants, which owns the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains; Logan's Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Outback Steak House and Chili's.

To make the project happen, Holloway said, the city needs to waive some, but not all, impact fees.

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