WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A development company got the green light from the city of Westbrook to begin construction on 500,000 square feet of new retail space.
The land presented some redevelopment challenges, including a 20-acre hole in the ground that used to be a quarry, but city officials say the plans the developer put forward echo their vision for an attractive and welcoming gateway to the city.
The property sits in an already retail-heavy area, and the newly constructed buildings will add more shops, restaurants, and other commercial spaces.
Wal-mart will be the anchor store in the complex, and developers just announced the addition of the state's second Chick-fil-A location. The first opens in Bangor in a few weeks.
As for the old quarry, it will be turned into a lake with a walking trail around it.
Developers are also investing $6 million in road, sidewalk and intersection upgrades to mitigate potential traffic problems caused by an influx of shoppers.
City officials say comments from the public regarding the project have been mostly positive, and they are looking forward to the economic boost it should bring to the area.
The city says construction should start next month, and stores could be open for business by next fall.