Plaza Azteca coming to Village at Leesburg; construction at Village continues

Plaza Azteca’s Mexican food franchise is coming to Village at Leesburg, presumably after cosmetic construction on the surrounding shopping center wraps up.

Finnigan’s Pub used to frequent the building that now is leased to Plaza Azteca. The Village didn’t have to wait too long find the new tenant, according to Jarnell Bonds, senior director of marketing at Rappaport, the asset manager for the Village.

“Plaza Azteca will become its own staple in the village,” she said.

The 5,200-square-foot restaurant should open later this summer, Bonds said.

Another addition to the Village announced earlier this month is Rita’s Italian Ice, which opened June 22 in the Village.

In the past 18 months, the Village has leased out 80,000 square feet of space, according to Bonds.

“They’re constantly enhancing the property, making it more consumer friendly to community events,” she said. “That’s why they attract retailers so quickly.”

The Village construction that began in the spring is about 90 percent complete, according to Darin Tallant, property manager of Rappaport.

“This is the last of our major projects,” he said. “I mean, obviously there will be little things, but this is the last of all of our major construction.”

A pop-up water fountain for kids, two kinetic art sculptures at either end of the Village, a center court area and fire and water fountain court are the big ticket items added to the landscape.

Tallant said the finished projects won’t affect traffic, although traffic is currently split with the introduction of the central courtyard area near Travinia’s.

Removable barrier poles have been added to the courtyard to create a more pedestrian friendly section of the plaza. On weekends the barriers will be added, making the courtyard more walker-friendly and creating a turnaround for vehicles on both the Wegmans and Cobb Theater halves of the shopping center.

Despite the construction and closed roads, Tallant said complaints have been few.

“We’ve had some feedback from the shops, but it’s all part of the growth that happens,” Tallant said. “You’re going to have some complaints but it’s not been too bad.”

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