The long-awaited Westside Shoppes center is less than two weeks away from being turned over to its tenants, who will open for business soon.
HORIZON WEST – With the shell construction nearly complete and all commercial buildings totaling 70,000 square feet 100% leased, Horizon West and Windermere-area residents will soon have a new nearby retail center to enjoy.
The 117-acre site that has been two years under construction is located adjacent to Horizon West’s Lakeside Village development on the corner of Winter Garden Vineland Road and Lakeside Village Lane and will include seven buildings with 26 tenants including a steakhouse, American-fare restaurants, sandwich-specialty eateries, a karate school and a dance studio.
Although some of the spaces have more extensive interior work done in preparation for tenant move-in, others have more of a shell space, which will require more interior construction to finally open for business.
Opening dates for each individual business vary depending on the extent of interior work left to do, but Alexie Fonseca, a leasing agent with Unicorp National Development Inc., expects several will be open by spring 2018.
“There are some tenants where we’re doing their whole build-out for them, but there are other tenants where we’re just delivering an empty shell, which means like dirt floor, and just walls, electrical and plumbing, so they’re doing all the rest,” Fonseca said. “So they all vary so much; some only need 60 to 90 days to open, and some will need six to eight months to finally open.”
Currently, the only business open is dentistry office Heartland Dental, with fast-food restaurant chain Wendy’s expected to open within the week.
The site also will include a future middle school and residential community. The residential community, Venetian Isles, will include 302 apartment homes, 44 townhomes and 170 single-family homes.
Unicorp Construction Coordinator Chuck Whittall said the total 346 apartments and townhomes, which are already 100% leased, should be completed by December and will be available in six different floor plans ranging from $1,300 to $2,200 per month.