Mint Hill Commons, a proposed development on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, has officially announced their anchor tenant, Publix, and is moving toward breaking ground on the retail development.

The project is being led by Stiles Corporation, a Florida-based real estate investment and development company, and representatives from Stiles, along with Chris Isaacs, of the Charlotte-based civil engineering firm The Isaacs Group, presented the latest updates and unveiled the name of their anchor store at the June 13 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Stiles has worked with Publix in Florida and throughout the Southeast for 25 years, and is currently working with Levine Properties to develop two Publix stores in the area, one at Mint Hill Commons, and the other at Ballantyne Town Center.

Scott MacLaren, a senior vice president with Stiles, began the presentation to the Board, giving basic information about the project, a 54-acre site, which sits across from Jimmie’s Restaurant in Mint Hill.

The main portion of the development, which will include the 49,000-square-foot Publix and other buildings, designed for local tenants, is only the front 15 acres, the rest of which will be developed as residential living space. Current plans call for two outbuildings, totaling 16,700 square feet, situated facing Matthews Mint Hill Road, and a portion of the site reserved for future retail or office development. Stiles has already had some inquiries for the smaller retail buildings.

Isaacs also presented street plans and other civil concerns for the project, including the entrances, traffic and plans for sidewalks. The development will include a pedestrian-style park with seating and plant features.

The developers came before the Board of Commissioners at the June meeting for a public hearing to request a conditional zoning district for the site, with the main issues being the drive thru, signage concerns, and sidewalk issues.

The plans have been adjusted after working with the town to understand the code and the ascthetic needs of the town for projects like this.

“We dove right into your code and understand the new urbanism that is trying to be accomplished,” said MacLaren at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

Developers have changed their plans to help fit the town’s code, including closing in the drive-thru and modifying designs for the two smaller buildings, pushing them closer to the road and making them four-sided, with front doors facing both the parking lot and street.