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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2006 6:52 am | Updated: 4:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The last piece of the puzzle is about to fall into place at a shopping center on Greenfield Road in Mesa.

Heavy retail development began to take shape more than a year ago at Greenfield Road and U.S. 60 when Scottsdalebased developer Diversified Partners built Greenfield Gateway: A 400,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Then, the developer decided to keep that momentum going with the construction of an LA Fitness center right across the street. That, along with 9,000 square feet of shops, will open in the next few months.

Now, Diversified wants to develop one final piece of land along Greenfield and Baseline roads, completing its vision of a large community shopping center with roughly 600,000-square-feet of retail space.

On May 1, Diversified filed paperwork with Mesa proposing the construction of the second phase of Greenfield Plaza: A 146,000-square-foot neighborhood shopping center that could be the future home of a Hobby Lobby, M & I Bank, Village Inn and, perhaps, Mor Furniture.

The proposed shopping center would be next to the LA Fitness center, as well as an existing gas station and automotive business.

The project has not yet appeared before the city’s Design Review Board, but Tim Dollander, a principal at Diversified Partners, said there was little public opposition when the nearby Wal-Mart went up.

“I think people view it as a good location,” he said. “It doesn’t really impact the neighborhood because it’s more of a retail and employment corridor.”

There also are four other vacant retail spots, Dollander said.

Diversified Properties has already worked on a handful of projects in Mesa, Dollander said. Most notably, the company is currently constructing Superstition Gateway, 900,000-square-foot super shopping center that will be soon be home to everything from Wal-Mart and Kohl’s to Dickinson’s Theatres and Jamba Juice.

The 67-acre project would be the company’s largest development since it was founded in 1993.

The second phase of Greenfield Plaza, by contrast, consists of almost 19 acres zoned for commercial use.

If approved, the project could break ground early next year, Dollander said.

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