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The proposed 100,000-square-foot shopping center at the World Drive interchange would be anchored by a neighborhood grocery store.
The proposed 100,000-square-foot shopping center at the World Drive interchange would be anchored by a neighborhood grocery store. (Osceola County)

Pinellas developer Steve Thompson says he's on schedule to break ground in early 2017 on a proposed 100,000 square foot shopping center at Disney's World Drive interchange.

Thompson, president of Corporate Development & Construction, first discussed the plans for Shoppes at Celebration Boulevard with GrowthSpotter in April. Thompson and his financing partners with Schmidt Investments filed a preliminary subdivision plan with Osceola County this month, and are on the Development Review Committee consent agenda for Sept. 21.

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The slightly tweaked site plan calls for a 21-acre shopping center at the southeast quadrant of the interchange -- across from Disney's iconic mouse ear-shaped power poles.

The plan shows a layout of 11 buildings accessed by a newly constructed roundabout entrance on Celebration Boulevard. The center would be anchored by a "neighborhood grocery store," and would include a mix of retail and restaurant uses, according to the project description.

Learn which Palm Harbor-based developer is behind the project, who the financing partner is, and when they hope to break ground.

Civil/Site Engineering Inc.  is the project engineer.

Disney's Celebration Company owns the parcel, which lies adjacent to the new Emerson Apartments and across from Celebration High School. A Schmidt affiliate company has the property under contract, and Thompson said the closing is contingent on issuance of permits.

"We're halfway through the approvals. We don't know who our tenants are. We've got a lot of work to do," Thompson said.

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