NORTH TAMPA - Acreage at the northwest corner of Bearss and Nebraska avenues is being cleared - site preparation for the Walmart Supercenter to be built on the prime corner.
The world's largest retailer in January announced it had bought the 21.4 acres and would begin construction this summer on the 147,850-square-foot store that would include a "mini garden center" of 8,675 square feet and parking to accommodate 627 vehicles.
Backhoes and other heavy equipment are uprooting trees and other vegetation and removing old asphalt pavement from the now-fenced site, which stretches north to Sinclair Hills Road, and west to the Bearss Avenue entrance ramp to Interstate 75 North. Several buildings on the property also are being demolished.
The site includes a 1.9-acre out-parcel on the corner closest to the Nebraska/Bearss intersection for yet-unspecified commercial development - perhaps a gas station/convenience store.
In addition to the attached garden center, the Walmart will include a grocery and a pharmacy with a drive-through window.
The store at 15302 N. Nebraska Ave., will have vehicle entrances and 30-foot-high metal pylon signs on both Bearss and Nebraska avenues, according to a site plan filed in November with Hillsborough County government planners.
To accommodate traffic the Supercenter is expected to generate, state Department of Transportation planners have insisted the developer make changes to the intersection, including redesign of the Nebraska Avenue median just north of Bearss Avenue and modifications to turn lanes.
Additionally, a traffic signal will be installed at the Nebraska Avenue/Sinclair Hills Road intersection.
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