The city is expected to get its first Publix store next year at the northeast corner of Clinton Avenue and U.S. 301, according to city documents.
The store will be 45,600 square feet in a shopping complex that will also have two other commercial buildings, according to a site plan submitted to the city by Coastal Engineering Associates in Brooksville. The site is currently an orange grove.
Mike Sherman, Dade City’s community development director, cited several reasons Publix would want to build a store in Dade City. The city is waiving transportation impact fees for all new businesses, he said.
Last week, the city granted variances from city code to accommodate the number of parking spaces for a Publix.
Sherman also said other factors in attracting the business included the area’s demographics, the distance from Dade City to the closest Publix in Zephyrhills, along with the cooperation of city staff.
The store is being built by Perfection Partners Limited Partnership in Vero Beach. The property was rezoned by the city for a commercial shopping center in June 2011. The rezoning changed the property, which covers two zoning areas, from 60 percent residential and 40 percent commercial to 50-50, Sherman said.
“They’ve not formally submitted their application [for site development] yet,” Sherman said. “They wanted to do their due diligence and get the variances from us.”
“They have a very aggressive schedule,” Sherman added. “They want to be open next year at this time. The dotted line has not been signed yet but everything from what we can see is a go.”
Once they formally submit an application for site development, city staff will approve the permit. The permit does not need city commission approval.
“It’s all done at staff level,” Sherman said. “If they follow our rules, we give them a development order. After site development, they have to submit an application for a building permit.”
A Publix spokesman said he had no information about the location of a Publix in Dade City.