Under Construction: $5 million retail/office space coming near Hamilton Place

Under Construction: $5 million retail/office space coming near Hamilton Place

July 14th, 2013 by Shelly Bradbury in Business Diary

Construction is under way on a $5 million Ken Defoor project on Lifestyle Way in East Brainerd

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Photo by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

Project: Two-story retail and office building.

Owners: Ken and Byron DeFoor.

Location: Lifestyle Way, next to Mellow Mushroom, across from the Embassy Suites.

Size: 26,400 square feet.

Cost: $5 million.

Scope: The building will include a medical tenant on the top floor and as many as six retail shops on the first floor. Ken DeFoor hopes to attract both national and local stores.

Timeline: The building should be finished by October.

Future: This will be the first building of a small lifestyle center, DeFoor hopes. He said parking at the rear or sides of the building will encourage foot traffic and create a mixed-use friendly development.

History: The DeFoors also own the $40 million Embassy Suites across the street. The full-service, luxury hotel includes 203 suites and celebrated a grand opening June 28. It is connected to Ruth's Chris Steak House, which provides all food service for the hotel.

-- Complied by Shelly Bradbury, who may be reached at sbradbury@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6525.