BROOKSVILLE — A new shopping center near the busy intersection of Cortez and Mariner boulevards is a step closer to reality, with the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission recommending approval of a master plan on Monday.
The County Commission will make the final determination.
The master plan is one in a series of steps needed before anything can be built on the 20-acre parcel, which is on the south side of Cortez, just west of Mariner, on the north side of Spring Hill.
The plan calls for 200,000 square feet of retail shopping, with multiple out-parcels. A large store and a retail area would encompass 160,000 square feet, with the out-parcels comprising the remaining 40,000 square feet.
Part of the discussion by planning commission members centered on a frontage road paralleling Cortez on the back side of the property and connecting the commercial properties along the road.
Peter Creighton, representing applicant Hardy Huntley Properties LLC, asked for several changes in the conditions recommended by the county's planning staff. Those included reduced setback distances and changes in the parking requirements, suggestions that were not opposed by planners and were acceptable to members of the planning commission.
Creighton told the commission that the master plan was an update of one approved before. Creighton did not say whether any specific retailers have expressed an interest in the shopping center.
Barbara Behrendt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1434.