Columbia was retained early in the redevelopment of an existing shopping center on 12 acres. Much of the existing center was demolished to allow for a new Publix, Starbucks, CVS, and other shops, totaling more than 85,000 SF. Approximately 10,000 SF of existing space was renovated. Columbia began with the initial feasibility study and continued through construction completion. Development issues required close coordination with tenants, consultants, contractors, attorneys, homeowners, brokers, and jurisdictional officials. We created a plan that used three different existing onsite zoning classifications which was acceptable to the adjacent residential neighborhood thus avoiding a highly sensitive rezoning of the entire center. Many easements and utilities existed onsite requiring careful attention to ensure easements and utilities were either relocated, abandoned or retained. Columbia achieved cost savings through the relocation of an existing concretestormwater channel. Columbia also coordinated the relocation of an existing 18’ sanitary sewer main which had to remain in service with no interruptions. We facilitated the relocation of a high transmission power line and substation distribution line. Other project challenges included poor soils, traffic issues, substation access, avoidance of an existing cell tower onsite and utility upgrades. Grading was extremely tight and required smart design to limit haul off and meet tenant and visibility requirements.
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