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Giant Boulevards at South Bay Mixed-Use Adds an Outlet Mall

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The developer of the Boulevards at South Bay project in Carson is altering its plans for the former landfill site to include an outlet mall instead of a traditional retail mall, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The development site includes the 157 acre former location of the CalCompact landfill pits, which handled municipal waste in the fifties and sixties--it's required developer LNR Property LLC to do some serious remediation work to prepare the site for construction (the development site also includes an adjacent 11 acre, non-landfill parcel). When complete, the Boulevards at South Bay development will include the outlet mall, a movie theater, up to 1,550 for-sale residential units, 400 rental units, up to 400 hotel beds, big box retail, office space, and restaurants.

The project, which broke ground in 2008, is now looking at an expected completion date of 2014--and a lot has changed since groundbreaking. LNR Project Manager Seelye Arms tells the LBPT that the economy is the reason for the change from traditional retail to outlet retail: "Outlet malls have performed extremely well during the economic slowdown while retail stores have struggled." The outlet mall would join the Citadel Outlets in nearby Commerce as the second outlet mall in the LA area not on the way to Santa Barbara or Palm Springs.

The project's required cleanup work is getting $81 million in financial help from the city, and "Most of those funds come from property tax increments paid to the city's former Redevelopment Agency. About $40 million more will be returned to the developer in taxes once the project starts generating revenue." LNR expects to commence with construction when environmental work is complete later this year.
· Slow economy makes outlet mall look like a good bet for Carson landfill property [Long Beach Press-Telegram]
· Closer Look At Carson Landfill Turned Mixed-Use [Curbed LA]