The Exponent Telegram
Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 9:53 pm |
Updated: 9:56 pm, Sat Sep 1, 2012.
by Leslie Moses, Staff Writer exponent-telegram.com
BRIDGEPORT — Work
continues on a new Charles Pointe shopping center soon to hold about a dozen
storefronts off Jerry Dove Drive
behind Buffalo Wild Wings.
It looks to be the first of
multiple buildings constructed there quarterly, according to David Biafora,
partner with Metro Rentals, which is developing the site.
Already confirmed for the
site are three restaurants — pizza, Mexican and Asian eateries — and a
cell-phone store, Biafora said.
Developers are in
negotiations with a doctor’s office and a hair and nail salon, he said.
Metro Rentals’ The Commons
is a 20,250-square-foot building with 12 to 13 units, according to Bridgeport
Assistant City Manager Jimmy Smith.
“That’s going to be an
economic boost to the Charles Pointe area, the first real growth we’ve had
there, retail-wise, in a while,” city Recorder Mario D. Blount said, mentioning
BFS, which opened within the past year.
The businesses will generate
more shopping and eating options for residents of the area, as well as revenue
for the city, according to Mayor Jim Christie.
“They want something
different,” Christie said. “They want new restaurants.”
Blount called it a
“destination shop,” with a nice mix of retail and restaurant sites.
“It’s a great addition for Bridgeport,” said Randy Spellman, director of community
development for Bridgeport.
“It’s a great addition to Charles Pointe.”
The Commons “bring a little
more retail flair” to Charles Pointe, which includes hotels, gas stations and
office buildings, according to Spellman.
More buildings are planned.
A building parallel to the
Commons is already in the works, according to Mark Dellana, executive director
of development for Charles Pointe.
5,000-square-foot building will be compatible with the one under construction
now, according to Dellana.
Other Charles Pointe
construction should follow every three months within the year, according to
A larger 120,000-square-foot
building is planned across the street from the Commons.
It will be built in phases
of 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, he said.
It will be modeled after the
“very successful” Suncrest Towne Centre in Morgantown, according to Biafora.
The two-story site will hold
offices on the top floor and retail shops on the first floor, he said.
“It really makes it nice
because it’s all right there,” Biafora said. “Nobody has to get in their car
Revenue to the city for the
Commons comes with the $6,340 building permit, which could mean around $12,000
in permit fees once the shell is built out, according to Spellman.
Taxes for business and
occupation also will mean city revenue, according to Spellman.
Work on the Commons may be
complete by the end of this year with stores opening by early 2013, according
Currently, roofing and
windows are in place, but the interior structure is not complete.
The current shell cost
$820,000, but the completed project could be around $1.5 million “once
everything is built out,” Spellman said.
It “brings more traffic to
the area,” said Christie. He mentioned both shared and increased traffic for
neighboring sites like Buffalo Wild Wings.