TURNING DIRT: Expansion a ‘turning point’ for Destin Commons

Destin Commons

Turnberry Associates Project Manager Bill Frank says the new phase of Destin Commons will blend seamlessly with the existing buildings once its completed.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 05:50 PM.

Behind construction fences at Destin Commons, work on the 100,000-square-foot expansion project is well on its way.

“We are in the phase of doing most of our site work now, which includes all of our underground utilities for the expansion,” said Bill Frank, project manager for Turnberry Associates, which owns Destin Commons. “The first phase was to take the area in front of the existing stores and get the utilities roughed in and the paving ready for the buildings.”

As part of the expansion project, Destin Commons, which opened in 2003, will be adding roughly 20 to 25 new restaurants/retailers to its already existing 400,000-square-foot, 75-store shopping center.

Walking through the project area, Frank told The Log that what Highway 98 passersby see now is the culmination of two months of hard work, which saw the street in front of Sephora completely revamped to include roadside parking that will mirror the complex’s existing main street.

Once utilities, sewage and drainage work wraps up, the parking lot will be laid down and building pads will be set for construction to begin. Frank said Turnberry is currently working its way through the bid process to select a building contractor.

“The tentative schedule for them to be finished with the shell buildings is by the end of October 2013,” he said. “You are going to see, eventually, four buildings when all is said and done.”

Two anchor stores, which are roughly 20,000 square feet apiece, will bookend the expansion project.

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