New shopping center, restaurants, possible grocery planned for Leestown Road

A new shopping center, including a possible grocery store, has been proposed for the Leestown Road corridor.

Amended plans submitted for Citation Village, a 15-acre retail center at Leestown Road and Citation Boulevard, call for a 100,000-square-foot store with a drive-through pharmacy, a gas station, a bank, another retail store and two restaurants. The large store space has room for a 20,000-square-foot expansion.

Bruce Simpson, attorney for the project, said no particular stores have been lined up. The site is about a mile from an existing Kroger store.

"Right now it's conceptual," Simpson said. "To position the property to make it most attractive to potential businesses, we needed to change the development first. ... Once we get the amended development plan approved, the site would be ready to accommodate future users. This is an important step."

The proposal should come before city planners next month.

The development will be between Ferndale Pass and Robinson Way, adjacent to the subdivisions around Masterson Station Park.

"Residents along the Leestown corridor are very much looking forward to new retail amenities," said Shevawn Akers, councilwoman for the Second District. "I am asked almost weekly what shops will be going in Citation Village."

And they have a wish list, she said.

"There are hopes that Panera, Starbucks and/or Target will locate there. Many residents are hoping for a local restaurant or sports bar to diversify the options we have in Townley," Akers said in an email message. "With the completion of Citation Boulevard by late summer or early fall, we hope to see even more retail development along this new corridor."

Langley Properties owns the development. Scott Davidson, vice president of Langley, was not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon.