Groundbreaking Marks Start Of Retail Complex In Westlake

Groundbreaking Ceremony: (L-R) Mitch Miorelli of MEC General Contractors, Bob Bedard of Konover South, Don Hearing of Cotleur & Hearing; Westlake Councilwoman Charlotte Leonard, Mayor JohnPaul O’Connor, Vice Mayor Greg Langowski, John Carter of Minto Communities, David Coppa of Konover South and Gary Neal of MEC General Contractors.

Construction is officially underway on a new retail/restaurant complex in the City of Westlake. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Minto Communities joined Konover South, MEC Construction and city leaders to break ground on the Shoppes of Westlake Landings, which is composed of two multi-tenant retail shopping centers and pod of quick service restaurants totaling 23,000 square feet.

In 2021, Minto sold the 7-acre parcel within the Westlake Landings business park to developer Konover South. “I want to thank Minto Communities for trusting us to do this project and deliver some needed services to the community,” said Bob Bedard, Konover’s senior vice president of development.

Tenants that have signed leases to date include Starbucks, KFC, Taco Bell, Habit Burger, 3 Natives, Heartland Dental, Verizon Wireless, Go Green Cleaners and Orange Theory. Konover South expects the complex to be 100 percent leased by the time it opens this fall. MEC Construction is serving as general contractor.

“This project represents another sign of maturation of our growing city,” said John Carter, senior vice president of Minto. “Soon, our residents will have a convenient place to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, enjoy a workout and take care of their everyday needs.”

The Shoppes of Westlake Landings is part of a broader building boom taking place in Westlake, which is approved for 4,500 homes and 2.2 million square feet of commercial development.

In the first quarter of 2023, the new Publix at Westlake Plaza is expected to open with a 50,000-square-foot grocery store and eight new retail stores. In December 2022, Minto sold nine acres to West Palm Beach e-commerce company Jamlyn Supply Inc. for an office/flex building and warehouse/distribution facility. In May 2022, Mitchell Property Realty and Ridgeline Property Group acquired a 17.5-acre site from Minto to develop the Westlake Commerce Center, a 227,000-square-foot warehouse, distribution and office complex in Westlake Landings. A groundbreaking is expected soon.