Construction started last week on the first phase of the $9 million Riverside Shopping Center at the junction of Route 7 and Riverside Parkway, just off Exit 80 on Interstate 95.
The 14-acre complex is about 85 percent leased, said J. Lawrence Mekulski of Kayne/Levin/Neilson/Bavar Realtors, leasing agent for the center.
The center's three newest tenants are Mobil Oil Corp., which willbuild a service station with car wash and convenience store; a McDonald's restaurant; and a 2,300-square-foot Forest Hill Bank with drive-through windows.
The first phase of the center will be 92,000 square feet and have 20 tenants, including the anchor, a 51,200-square-foot Klein's Super Thrift.
Completion of the first phase is set forAugust. The developer hopes to build a second phase, adding another 10,00 square feet.
The center is being developed by Riverside Parkway Ltd. Partnership, a joint venture of BLC Properties, Riverside's master developer, the Klein family, owners of the Super Thrift chain,and an investment group headed by Mekulski.
Construction financing is provided by Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. Glen Arm Construction Co. is the general contractor.
Morris & Ritchie AssociatesInc., planner and land development engineer for Riverside, provided site planning and site and utility engineering. Geo-Technology Inc. performed environmental assessment and will provide construction testing. Bignell Watkins is the project architect.