Spokane developer Dave Black confirmed Friday morning that Target is coming to the South Hill.
In an e-mail Friday morning Black said that the deal was closed Friday and Target "officially owns" their portion of the property, located near the intersection of Palouse Highway and Regal Street.
Target owns 10 acres of the property, which will anchor a new shopping center dubbed Regal Plaza. Their plan is for construction to begin in October, with an opening date of July 2014.
The other four acres will be developed by Black for four other buildings for retail space.
A groundbreaking is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the 15-acre site.
The project has seen some push back from members of the community on the Moran Prairie, who expressed concerns about the development.
"Are we developing a district center that meets the vision of the Spokane comprehensive plan, the Spokane municipal code or are we just dropping big box stores in the middle of our neighborhood," Ted Teske, chair of the Southgate neighborhood council, said in April for a previous story about the development.
Teske said that he wasn't anti-development but didn't want the parcel to be overtaken with a generic looking big box store.
"Nobody is saying 'We don't want a Target,' nobody is saying, 'We don't want this developed,' we just want the development to fit the vision that the neighborhood has," Teske added.
In April Black said that Target was willing to consider a facade change and that their development plan included access for pedestrians and bicyclists, another point of contention.
In 2006 a previous attempt to bring in a major retailer was scuttled when neighbors rallied against a proposed development site at 44th Ave. and Regal Street in protection of wetlands at the site. At the time, some complained the new retail site would create traffic problems and impact their quality of life.