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Target gets go-ahead to open in early March

January 27, 2000

Target at CrosspointBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




HALFWAY - Washington County will let the new Target discount department store open in early March as planned even though a required road leading into the site probably won't be finished until April, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said Wednesday.

The county did not want to prevent the business at the Crosspoint Shopping Center from opening on time so he waived a county requirement barring Target from stocking its store until the center's owner, Hekbel Limited Liability Corp., finished extending four-lane Massey Boulevard to Virginia Avenue, Shoop said.

Shoop's decision cleared the way for the 200,000-square-foot Target to begin stocking its store this week.

The store, the first part of the $35 million to $40 million center, is near Valley Mall.

County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said earlier this month that Target and Crosspoint wouldn't open on time because of a county ordinance requiring the road work.

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At the time, he said completion of the work was "next to impossible" because of cold weather. Hekbel officials said they were confident it could be done on time.

The county's concern was that the road be completed and that will happen, Shoop said, although it might be about four weeks after the store opens to the public.

Shoppers will be able to enter the store from the Halfway Boulevard direction, Shoop said.

"We are very happy," said Chris Bell, president of the Annapolis-based Greencastle Development Co.

Hekbel is a joint venture of Greencastle and Hekemian & Co. of New Jersey.

"We appreciate their help and Rod Shoop's direction over everything. It's not easy putting a big shopping center together like this," Bell said.

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