Wesley Chapel, FL -- For years developers have been trying to build an outlet mall in Eastern Pasco County off I-75 and SR 56. But issues with run-off, wildlife, litigation and concerns over the economy have bogged down those plans.
Now it appears developers have finally cleared the last major hurdle after recently getting a key permit from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
"We are very excited to be moving forward on this project and are commencing meetings with the County to determine approvals and a schedule," said Danielle DeVita, Senior Vice President of Development and Acquisition for Premium Outlets in a written statement sent to the media last week.
County officials believe the open-air outlet mall will be slightly smaller than originally planned, but Richard Gehring the Director of Planning and Development for Pasco thinks it will still feature 750 to 900,000-square-feet of shops once complete.
Gehring told 10 News last week that construction could begin within six months, with some stores possibly opening by the end of 2014.
Developers met with county officials last month to discuss the project.
Last year, the Simon Property Group announced the mall would be called Tampa Premium Outlets and include a Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th.