The conceptual site plan, which is not a construction document, details a 53.23 acre site to the east of Starbucks. The planned anchor tenant building is listed at 119,596 square feet, though it has the capability of being expanded to 148,556 square feet. Five more anchor buildings are listed in the plan, varying between 10,000 square feet to approximately 25,000 square feet. Six more retail structures and a gas station lot are listed as well.
R.H. Ledbetter Properties LLC is the project developer listed on the site plan. Vice President for Development Joe Holmes said the company had been working on the project for roughly a year. Having a development on Main Street across from the Kohls shopping center and Avonlea Highlands Apartments was a natural addition, he believed.
“Ledbetter properties owns everything, all the retail across the street with the Dellinger family in Cartersville, so this is just an extension of those developments,” he said.
Holmes said he was unable to comment on any tenants who may move into the shopping center, adding that each business prefers to make its own announcement. However, Kroger’s involvement with the project was revealed during a planning and development application relating to signage. The application came after developers had met with Cartersville Planning & Development staff to discuss the shopping center’s concept.
“We weren’t aware of who the anchor tenant was at that time,” said Planning & Development Director Randy Mannino. “They didn’t want to disclose it at that time. They were more coming in, getting feedback for the engineering of the design and layout of the plan itself. Then when the application came in for the sign package, that’s when we were aware it was Kroger.”
Mannino said the department had been expecting some form of development to occur in the area considering Main Street’s access to Interstate 75. He did not believe increased traffic would present a problem, citing Main Street’s protected turn lanes.
As it is in the conceptual stages, the project must still go through the variance and permitting processes, while site plans must be submitted to the city for review. Mannino added the city may annex a small portion of Bartow County land at the project’s rear in order to simplify the permitting process.
Overall, Mannino said he welcomed the work his department will encounter as the shopping center plans move through the system.
“Things are starting to crank back up with other stuff going on,” he said. “We’re glad to see things keep us busy. I mean, if development’s happening it means the economy’s picking back up. That benefits everybody.”