LANHAM, MD-The 407,000-sf Vista Gardens has moved closer toward realization now that Manekin Construction LLC has begun building the main components of the upscale retail property on behalf of developer the Michael Cos. Manekin is in the process of constructing the 69,000-sf Shoppers Food Warehouse anchor space, a two-story 40,000-sf office/retail structure and a portion of the in-line retail space.

Vista Gardens will occupy a 53-acre parcel at the intersection of Annapolis Road, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Lottsford Vista Road, surrounded by new high-end townhomes and other residential developments. The project, which will cost a total of $33 million to complete, will also feature 31,000 sf of pad sites, a portion of which has already been claimed by the likes of Chevy Chase Bank and Starbuck’s. Other tenants, some of which will build their own stores, include Home Depot, Target, Office Depot and Mattress Discounters.

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