MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Plans for a shopping center on about 48 acres just outside of the City of Martinsburg's southwestern boundary received preliminary approval from the Berkeley County Planning Commission on Monday.
The proposed development site is off W.Va. 45 (Apple Harvest Drive), just west of Interstate 81 and developer John M. Abernathy of AIG Baker Real Estate said he anticipated groundbreaking to take place between December 2006 and March 2007.
"We did not deny that Target was one of the tenants," Abernathy said of public comments made during the commission's review of the project.
Abernathy said the Birmingham, Ala., company he works for anticipates eight "major national retailers" and 20 to 25 smaller national and local tenants to occupy about 425,000 square feet of building space at the site. Some tenants have already committed to opening in the development.