Outlet Village Future

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

We've known it's going to get a total makeover for months, but more has been coming out lately about the re-development of Waynesboro's Outlet Village.

Monday night Waynesboro's City Council heard the developers request to reduce the number of required parking spaces.

But the developer has other plans for what will be called Waynesboro Town Center.

"The developer will demolish the structures in place now and construct a 408,000 square foot shopping center," explained City Planner Jim Shaw. "In the developers vernacular they call these power centers now."

The power center's current plan shows two large anchor stores, and about ten smaller retail spaces. In addition, there are spots on the perimeter left undeveloped right now but ripe for other stores and restaurants.

There still is work to be done before any work on the ground gets started.

"The developer will be required to address all the issues of site development, traffic management, storm water management, landscaping, all the utilities construction as part of their subdivision plat and site plan approval," Shaw explained.

And of course, figure out who will fill the boxes in real life.

"I would imagine the developer has a good idea of his anchor tenants at this point," Shaw added. "He has announced that his large tenants are going to be national retailers, big box retailer that are not already in place in Waynesboro."

No official announcements yet on who those retailers will be. But Shaw says construction could start this summer.

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