The Shops at Wiregrass developer to build more shops, luxury apartments


The developer of The Shops at Wiregrass is moving forward with plans for a second phase just east of the mall that would include more retail and luxury apartments, reports The SuncoastNews.

County planners already have met with officials from Forest City Enterprises to discuss the expansion. Preliminary plans call for another 200,000 square feet of retail fronting on State Road 56 with a 248-unit apartment complex behind the shopping center.

Abbas Hasan, planning director for Forest City, said the shopping center would likely be smaller because of the amount of wetlands on the property. It could include a specialty grocery store or movie theater, in addition to the shops and cafes already on the drawing board.

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