Construction on the plaza was stopped after a key tenant left, forcing a redesign of the site
OCOEE Construction on the new shopping plaza across from the West Oaks Mall near the intersection of Clarke Road and State Road 50 is set to begin sometime in late November or early December.
Green Tree Development Group originally broke ground on the plaza in January and began clearing land for construction, which was scheduled to begin over the summer. However, the company was forced to stop development after one of the tenants - Urban 8 - decided to leave the site. The entire food court was built around Urban 8’s food hall design, which included eight eateries, forcing the developer to redesign the site.
“It was redesigned as Urban 8, a 10,000-square-foot food court deal, fell through based on the Ocoee market at the time,” said Timothy Green, CEO of Green Tree Development Group. “That deal had restricted the development front from other tenants…now that that restriction is lifted.”
With the redesign completed, Green said that construction of the site can move forward.
The construction of the plaza will conicide with Ocoee’s major expansion and downtown revitalization plans and help provide additional infrastructure to the downtown area.
Construction of the plaza will take place in four phases. Phase one will be a 4,500-square-foot Mattress One; phase two will be a 10,500-square-foot building with restaurants and beauty salons; phase three will be a free-standing office building; and phase four will be a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art food court, which Green said is still in the development process.
“(The food court) will be our entertainment zone for the plaza,” he said.
Confirmed tenants for the phase two building include Tim’s Bar and Grill, Twisted Flavors Bar/ Cake Bakery and Planet Smoothie.
Green said he hopes to have construction completed within 10 to 11 months.