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  • WestShore PowerGrab

    Saturday, May 11, 2019   /   by Tyler Anderson

    WestShore PowerGrab

    WestshoreExpansion.pngIn a recent power move, Washington Prime Group (WPG) has purchased several lots in the WestShore area for $4.3 million. This serves their plans to create a mixed-used development in place of, and surrounding, the former Sears. The Sears' bankruptcy  has created an opportunity to ensure the long-term viability of WestShore Plaza and WPG is embarking on a redevelopment of not only the Sears retail footprint but also the adjacent parking fields and restaurant outparcels including almost two acres directly across the street from WestShore Plaza


    The mixed-use development would retain existing retail spaces and movie theaters, while also creating spaces for an auto center, apartments, and offices. According to city records, plans filed on March 11 called for nearly 900,000 square feet of the property be dedicated to retail and another 200,000 for medical offices. The plans also called for up to 1,126 residential units, a 240-room hotel, and 120,000 square feet of restaurant space.
    As of now, it’s still unclear when Sears will close, or when the first phase of the project will begin.

    "The redevelopment opportunity at WestShore Plaza demonstrates our commitment to the community, while illustrating our mandate to strengthen this property as a dominant town center within the Tampa area," a spokeswoman for WPG wrote.