11/17/04 — Large shops planned for Berkeley Blvd.

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Large shops planned for Berkeley Blvd.

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on November 17, 2004 2:02 PM

Plans are under way for a large shopping center on Berkeley Boulevard.

The development would have 137,764 square feet of floor space and 551 parking spaces.

The Goldsboro Planning Department has received site plans for "Goldsboro Commons" to be built across from Lowe's Home Improvement Store.

None of the retailers has signed or committed yet, said Connell Radcliff, president of 1st Carolina Properties of Cary.

The company plans to meet with the Goldsboro planning commission on Nov. 29, which will look at the site plan and make a recommendation to the City Council. The plan will go to the council on Dec. 6 for final approval or denial.

Radcliff said he hopes to close on the property in December and begin construction in late January or early February, once the permits are obtained. He hopes to announce by mid-December some of the businesses that will move into the development.

The development has three major tenant spaces, and he said the focus is on fashion and nice restaurants.

There are also two smaller tenant spaces that are between 8,000 and 12,000 square feet.

Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., an engineering firm in Raleigh, submitted the plans to the Planning Department on Oct. 22, said James Rowe, assistant planning director.

After reviewing the plans, the department made comments and sent them back to Kimley-Horn on Nov. 12. The comments dealt with things like the need for fire lanes, said Rowe. The department received the comments back and is reviewing them.

"The city is not ready at this point for the building permit to be picked up," he said.

The Inspections Department must approve the construction plans before 1st Carolina Properties can apply for a building permit, said Rowe. The Inspections Department has not received the construction plans.

Radcliff said a building contractor has not been hired yet, but he does have several companies in mind, many of which have a strong presence in North Carolina.

He could not estimate how much the construction would cost, because the price of construction materials has been rising.