Planning Commission approves more changes to McGowin Park

The ground still hasn’t been broken on the McGowin Park Retail Center.  Developers are saying the setbacks are due to necessary changes to the site plan.  The retail center that has been largely rumored to be anchored by Mobile’s first Costco store will be a new development near Hank Aaron Stadium.

Ninety percent of the permitting has been completed and there are commitments for close to 75 percent of the retail space at McGowin Park.  That’s according to the developers and Mobile city officials.  But, ground has not yet been broken on the massive retail center that will boast 600,000 square feet of retail space.

“It just takes some time for the project to evolve and to gain interest in a project of this size,” said George Alexandris of The Hutton Company

Project developers and engineers went before the Mobile Planning Commission Thursday, April 3, 2014 to present needed changes to the previously approved site plan.  Those changes included additional stores, parking configuration and a request for additional signage.

“There’s a good amount of demand for the property and we’re actively seeking folks to occupy the space that we have available,” project developer, Alexandris said.  “I think today’s changes were more about providing flexibility for the space and adding more square footage if that demand is there.”

McGowin Park will essentially take up the remaining available property between Interstate 65 and McVay Drive and from Government Boulevard to Bolling Brothers Drive near Hank Aaron Stadium and the Regency Theatre in Mobile.  There have been rumors that Costco is committed to be one of the anchor retailers, but developers have not confirmed that.

“The site plan speaks for itself.  There’s a lot of space available.  You don’t get too far unless there are folks that are interested in a project like this,” Alexandris said.

If all goes according to plans, developers hope to break ground on the retail center in the summer of 2014 and hope to have it open to shoppers by mid to late 2015.

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