New mixed-user, renovations planned at Third Street Kmart/Whole Foods site

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The owners of the Town & Country shopping center in Fairfax have filed plans with the city planning department to redevelop and renovate the site bounded by Third Street, Ogden Drive, Colgate Drive, and Fairfax Avenue—directly south of The Grove mall.

Their plans include adding a new mixed-use development with many as 381 residential units and roughly 80,000 square feet of retail space. To do this, they plan to demolish part of the complex and renovate about 66,000 square feet of the existing space.

The shopping center at Fairfax and West Third Street counts a Kmart, a Whole Foods, and a CVS among its tenants now.

The owners of the retail center are scheduled to deliver a preliminary presentation to the Mid City West Neighborhood Council tonight, showcasing some of their ideas for the property and soliciting feedback.

It will be interesting to see how a proposal for a development of this size will be received by neighbors. In 2012, the Ross Dress for Less site directly east of the Town & Country mall traded hands after the owner, Alan Casden of Casden Properties, tried unsuccessfully for several years to get approvals to build a 300-unit mixed-use development on the property.

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