By March 31, 2018

New Restaurant & Retail Planned for Empty Anthem Lot

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This patch of, at the busy intersection near the entrance to Anthem Community Park, will soon be empty no more. In&Out Publications Staff Photo

By Robert Roy Britt — The undeveloped corner lot in the Anthem Marketplace (aka Safeway Plaza) that’s been a Christmas tree lot and an overflow for event parking will finally be put to its intended use. Whitestone REIT, the company that owns the plaza, plans a new building that is expected to house a restaurant and at least two retail stores.

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One of two views of the proposed new building. Renderings courtesy Whitestone REIT

Whitestone regional VP Dan Kovacevic discussed plans for a 6,965-square-foot building at last night’s Anthem Community Council Meeting. Kovacevic was not ready to name the restaurant yet. He said his company is already in negotiations with potential retailers.

The plaza was the first commercial center constructed in Anthem. Safeway was the town’s first grocery store, and the earliest Anthem pioneers remember having to leave town for groceries.

No timetable for construction was announced. But the ACC approved the project based on a requirement that construction begin within six months and be completed within two years.

Approved plans show an outdoor patio, with overall design keeping with the plaza’s existing buildings. Parking for the new businesses already exists, between the planned new building and Wells Fargo, to the north. Discuss This Article on Facebook >>>

Another view of the planned building.

This article first published on North Phoenix News.

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