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LA MESA -- The family that has owned a declining Fletcher Parkway shopping center is about to turn things around -- in a big way.
Aaron L. Dean, whose family has owned the Souplantation shopping center at 9160-9188 Fletcher Parkway, has submitted plans to the city to literally transform the modest shopping center into Depot Springs.
Dean and his architects have sketched out plans for a restaurant, brewery and entertainment venue that could add new life to what has been a functional, but struggling retail venue for northeast La Mesa.
The plans, shown in architectural renderings here, would add a 200 seat entertainment stage that Dean said will be used for family-friendly entertainment -- largely amplified acoustic folk music.
"We want a place for our friends with kids to come and enjoy,'' Dean said. "We are La Mesans and we value the family life of this city. We want to add a family-friendly place -- good food and good music.''
The project is being reviewed by the City's Design Review board and Dean hopes construction on the project can begin early next year. Several tenants of the strip-center have left recently, including the popular Parkway Bar, but Dean said the Parkway's management will be helping handle the entertainment aspects of Depot Springs when it is up and running.
The plans for a new brewery in La Mesa is part of the trend started when the City Council changed zoning ordinances to allow the micro-brewery and micro-winery industries to come to the Jewel of the Hills. Brewing beer at restaurant locations is a popular new trend throughout San Diego and Depot Springs would be joining brewery and winery locations now open in the Center Street area of La Mesa.