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Shopping plaza eyed for County Line and Mariner

Published:   |   Updated: April 8, 2014 at 05:36 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - So far, a fast food restaurant and a drug store have expressed interest in setting up shop at a new shopping center that will spring up on the northwest corner of County Line Road and Mariner Boulevard.

But when it is fully built out, the center will boast some 110,000 square feet of commercial space and become one of the biggest retail establishments along County Line Road.

Planning and zoning commissioners Monday will consider a request from Hood/Doganiero County Line Mariner Commercial LLC to revise a previously approved master plan on the 20.4-acre property.

Planning engineer Omar DePablo said the developer has been working with the engineering department to work out road improvements at the site.

DePablo said he's heard that McDonald's is interested in locating there but nothing has been confirmed. The drug store has also yet to be named but Walgreens already has a store on the southeast corner of that intersection.

In 2007, county commissioners voted to approve a master plan on the site. At that time, the developer was eyeing a convenience store/gas station on part of the property with the remaining acres to be developed later.

The revised master plan shows the 20 acres will now be anchored by a 65,000-square-foot main shopping center and two 15,000-square-foot outparcels containing the drug store and fast food eatery.

Another 5,000 square feet would contain smaller outparcels along Mariner Boulevard and two smaller outparcels on County Line Road.

The site is surrounded mostly by commercial and professional office space. A Publix-anchored plaza is on the east, and there is multi-family housing and doctors' offices to the north. On the west is a liquor store and pawn shop.

Given the 110,000-square-foot plan, the project qualifies as a large retail development, which means it must meet more stringent building requirements.

The planning and zoning meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main St. in downtown Brooksville.

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