Dunkirk, MD – A planned shopping center in the northern end of Calvert County continues to inch closer to reality. The project—the Shoppes at Apple Greene—will be anchored by the popular grocery chain Harris-Teeter. The project is located within the Dunkirk Town Center. During the Calvert County Planning Commission’s April 19 meeting, the second phase of the project was reviewed and unanimously approved with conditions.

Last October, the Calvert County Board of Appeals granted a special exception to the applicant, ECHO Apple Greene LLC, to locate a filling station affiliated with Harris Teeter with the project’s 15.47-acre tract. ECHO Apple Greene LLC is affiliated with ECHO Realty Services Company of Washington, DC, one of the largest privately held owners of grocery-anchored shopping centers in the United States.

The proposed Harris-Teeter will be 48,650 square-feet. It will be located next to a Marshalls. That store will be 21,110 square feet. The total gross square footage of the two project phases is 113,274 square feet.

“The project includes constructing two separate pad sites,” principal planner Judy Mackall stated in a memo to the planning commission. One of the components of the second phase will be an “eating establishment with a drive-up facility.” The second pad site will be a 2,115 square foot building “which will either be an eating establishment or a retail commercial building with a drive-up facility.”

Mackall also reported the entire shopping center has 500 parking spaces proposed, over 170 more spaces than what is required.

The Maryland Department of Environment has issued a permit for the site’s planned wastewater treatment plant. Last October a traffic consultant indicated to the Calvert County Board of Appeals the shopping center is not expected to have significant impact on Route 4 traffic since it would be accessed via Dunkirk Way. Last fall, project officials said the much-anticipated Harris-Teeter store is expected to be ready to open in early 2018.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com