New businesses announced at 5th Street Station
From 5th Street and the Interstate, small hints of the new development peak through the chained link fence around the site.
According to 5th Street Station Ventures, several new businesses have signed leases at 5th Street Station.
The company says Texas-based Fuzzy's Tacos, GNC and Planet Fitness have all decided to call 5th Street Station their new home.
On site, it is clear that work is in full swing. Workers are all over the place; hammering, sawing, lifting and attaching HVAC systems to buildings.
"Wegmans is coming out of the ground," said Jay Douglas from 5th Street Ventures.
According to Douglas, workers have been able to finish a lot in the last several months.
"Dick's, Field and Stream, both of those are doing fantastic," said Douglas.
Parked in front of the Wegmans site, Douglas pointed to different parts of the store.
"The roof is already done on the Wegmans," he said. "Now they are working on the outside and the interiors."
Douglas says several other buildings are also close the completion.
"This is the Timberwood Tap House," he said pointing at a green building. "Over here we've got Hand and Stone, Verizon, GNC, Jersey Mike's, Sprint, Dick's, Field and Stream, Haverty's."
Douglas says developers are very excited about one particular lease they just finalized.
Currently an empty lot, Douglas says the spot will soon be a life-style store unlike any Charlottesville has seen before, though he wouldn't name the store yet.
He says several other leases are in the works, including several restaurants that overlook the giant retention wall facing 5th Street.
"People who are coming into the center are going to see an active table tops and restaurants," Douglas said. "It's going to be great."
The shopping center is also great in size. With more than 70 acres of land, 60-foot retention walls and four lane roads, developers say it is going to be a good addition to the retail scene in Charlottesville.
"When this opens up and people see what this is going to be all together, more than just a name here, just a name there, when people see it as a whole, it's going to be a very exciting shopping center," Douglas said about the development.
According to 5th Street Ventures, when the shopping center opens in the fall of 2016, about 75 percent of the site will be finished.
Douglas says people will also see that 5th Street Ventures finished some other construction projects not directly related to the shopping center.
The company has built a road that connects Avon Street to Fifth Street, so people living on Avon can drive straight to the interstate.
Developers say they have also created bike and hiking paths around the area.