This 73 acre, Phase 1 Retail Center was designed and approved as part of a Development of Regional Impact (DRI). It required extensive coordination with the local, county and state agencies under the direction and authority of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Commission. Artech’s role in the DRI (as part of the Developer’s team of civil and traffic engineers, environmental and geotechnical consultants, real estate consultants and land-use attorneys) was site planning, coordination of graphics and textual responses, attendance at and presentations to multiple agencies and public forums, and negotiation and design of final sustainable design elements. This portion of the work was completed in 18 months prior to the beginning of our traditional project role. Then we undertook the design and construction contract administration of approximately 220,000 square feet of retail space that included a Marshalls/HomeGoods combination, Michael’s, Petco, ULTA, Hibbets, Rack Room and numerous other national and regional shop retailers and in-line restaurants, and was anchored by Belk and 14- screen cinema (by others). Our design portion of the development also included over 30,000 square feet of second floor office space above retail.
This retail development was designed with many lifestyle center features- pedestrian amenities such as sidewalk areas with fountains, landscaping, decorative lighting and benches. The site had an existing “borrow” pit from the construction of the adjacent interstate, which we took advantage of to create a seven- acre lake with fountains. We surrounded the lake with a park area that includes a band stage pavilion, a children’s playground, and other waterfront activities.