Potential restaurant, retail space proposed in Clarksville shopping center

New businesses are on the way for Clarksville's Conscious Corner.

A potential restaurant and retail space will be joining the environment- and health-minded group of stores located on Clarksville Pike near Route 32, according to an architect involved in the project. 

Conscious Corner-owned businesses currently in the center include Great Sage vegetarian and vegan restaurant and Roots Market, a natural foods store. 

Architect Tim Sosinski, of design firm ARIUMae, said the project will likely incorporate green building design elements. 

The 25,000 square foot, two-story space, to be located at 12202 Clarksville Pike, is classified as a retail/office space development, though Sosinski said there are not yet any concrete plans for the businesses that will be located in the building. 

Potential tenants could include a restaurant on the 18,000 square foot ground floor, and a yoga studio or event space on the 7,000 square foot second story, he said. 

Designers involved in planning Woodberry Kitchen, a Baltimore restaurant renowned for its farm-to-table food and rustic decor, are participating in the design for this project, Sosinski added. 

He said Conscious Corner planned to take the environment into account when designing the new building, with potential additions such as a green roof and rain barrels. 

"The emphasis is really on sustainability," Sosinski said. "I think [Conscious Corner is] really going to go the extra mile to make it an environmentally positive place." 

Other possible features of the project might include a courtyard for outdoor seating, which could be used by a restaurant, and a rooftop space for activities, although those elements might not show up in initial plans, he said. 

Sosinski said engineers would soon submit an environmental concept plan for the project to the county's Department of Planning and Zoning. The project could take about a year to get approved and another six months or so to build, he said. 

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