Winter Garden soon will be getting 85,000 square feet of new commercial, office, retail and restaurant space.
Land has been cleared for the Gardenia Plaza project — which will be known as West Market — at 14120 W. Colonial Drive. The nearly 18.25-acre property is located south of West Colonial Drive, west of South Park Avenue and north of Sand Lime Road.
Orange County property records show that Gardenia Plaza LLC bought the property in May 2016 for $2.1 million. Orlando-based Epic Development Group, Winter Garden-based M. Maciel & Associates LLC and Orlando-based D&D Construction Services Inc. are preparing to break ground.
The new plaza will have two large retail buildings on the south side of the property — one being about 25,000 square feet and the other 30,000 square feet. Gardenia Plaza LLC also has been approved to build four outparcel buildings along West Colonial Drive, totaling 27,600 square feet of restaurants and retail space. It also is set to include 472 parking spaces.
Additionally, another lot at the northwest corner of the property has been earmarked by the site plan as future development.
“The intent of the West Market design standards is to create and maintain a positive ambiance and identity by providing for architectural and site design treatments that will enhance and improve upon the typical appearance of a retail shopping center,” according to city documents.
Although West Market will be a grocery-anchored shopping plaza, no grocer tenant has been announced.
However, documents from commercial leasing agency BishopBeale show that McAlister’s Deli has signed on for one of the restaurant spaces.
This will be the third McAlister’s location in the greater Orlando area, and it will be one of two drive-thru restaurants on the property. The deli will be about 4,400 square feet.
In addition to McAlister’s, site plans also indicated a Dairy Queen Grill & Chill and a Goodwill.