The property across the highway from the proposed Rock Chalk Park sports village now has the green light to develop into a retail center.
City commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning request for 146 acres at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The rezoning will allow for up to 155,000 square feet of retail space in the future.
A portion of the property once was proposed to house the city’s regional recreation center, before the project was shifted to the east side of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners also approved a plan for the area that says up to 25,000 square feet of retail space on the southwest corner of the intersection and 60,000 square feet on the southeast corner would be acceptable.
The necessary rezoning for those two corners haven’t yet taken place. The new plan will allow retail development on all four corners of the major intersection. The northeast corner is known as the Mercato development, which has zoning for up to 360,000 square feet of retail. Currently, there are no retail developments pending at any corners of the intersection.