New Development on Highway 231 and Highway 20

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At the very least the plans could mean some pretty convenient shopping options for people in the northern part of the county, but it also has the potential to bring a lot of jobs to the area.

The piece of land in question is 27 acres located on the northeast corner of Highway 231 and Highway 20.

Right now it's zoned for agriculture, but the Bay County Planning Commission recently voted that the developer's request to rezone the land for commercial use is consistent with the county's current development regulations.

The owners have submitted these plans for what appears to be a shopping center. The shopping center would include about 60,000 square feet of store space.

The plans also call for a stand-alone large box retailer covering about 223,000 square feet. The developers are hoping the larger store would be leased to a national retailer like Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Target.

There's also out-parcels available for restaurants and plenty of parking.

One of the developers, Darrell Pritt, says his real estate agent is contacting retails chains to see what kind of interest is out there for locating a business in that area.

So far they don't have any firm commitments.

Pritt says he and his partner George White are concentrating on securing the zoning change. Once that happens they'll move forward trying to line up retail businesses to take space in the center.