A developer has applied for a permit to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot shopping center near the intersection of Perkins Road and Essen Lane.

Chris Shaheen, a developer and an agent with Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate, said about half of the space in the Ichiban Square retail center is already leased. The tenants include Smoothie King, a nail salon, a pizza restaurant and a doctor’s office.

Construction should start in March and be complete in December. Space in Ichiban Square will lease for between $20 and $24 per square foot.

The shopping center will be on a 2.7-acre parcel that is held by the owners of Ichiban, a nearby sushi and hibachi restaurant. Several years ago, there were plans to relocate Ichiban from 5741 Essen Lane to the site, but that project was delayed. Instead Ichiban underwent an extensive expansion and renovation in 2013.