New Soquel Shopping Center Finally under Construction

The signs announcing the shopping center had been up so long they were faded and barely readable, but after five years of working with the county, construction is underway.

Patch readers are familiar with the lot at 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive. About a year ago they were making suggestions about the kinds of stores that they’d like to see there.

In July 2012 the fire department burned down the buildings that sat on the lot.  They used the fire to train fire fighters.

Then in September, the owners of the lot, Bei-Scott Properties began building a new shopping center. Bei-Scott has owned the property for five years and has been working with the Santa Cruz County planning department to get entitlements to build on the property.

Construction of the shopping center should be complete by the end of August 2013 according to Kathy Scott of Bei-Scott Properties but she wouldn’t divulge which businesses that have shown an interest in moving to the new shopping center.

“We have letters of intent on file but nothing is signed yet,” said Scott during a phone interview. “There are no big franchises coming in as of now but we’ve had some interest.”

Weather has helped speed construction on the project but Scott expects some rain delays over the next couple of months.

Anyone interested in leasing space in the center should call Bei-Scott at (831) 423-3181.

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