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Premier Fashion Outlet Mall Slated for Carson

The City of Carson announced yesterday plans to construct a major regional premier fashion outlet mall on the former site previously considered for a professional football stadium earlier this year by the NFL. The City has entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement with the Macerich Company to develop a 42-acre fashion outlet mall immediately adjacent to the I-405 Freeway that will have over 500,000 square feet of commercial retail space. The premier fashion outlet mall will be home to over 150 of the world’s top retailers and designers, all conveniently located in Carson.

Macerich is one of the nation’s largest and most respected commercial developers. As an S&P 500 company, they focus on the development and management of premier regional malls and shopping centers throughout the United States. The Santa Monica based company currently owns and manages 55 million square feet of commercial space in 50 regional shopping centers. Among their developments in Southern California are the Santa Monica Place, Los Cerritos Center and Lakewood Center.

“This is a game changer for the City of Carson,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. “This project will generate significantly more revenues for the City than the previously considered NFL Stadium, but with less impact to the surrounding neighborhoods.” The mall is expected to initially generate over $4 million in sales tax revenues for the City, and the revenues are forecast to increase over time. The premier fashion outlet mall will be a catalyst for the development of the remainder of the 157-acre site. Economists predict a doubling of the City’s sales tax revenues once the 157-acre property is fully developed, and continued growth thereafter.

The site of the premier fashion outlet mall is the former Cal Compact Landfill, which closed over 50 years ago. Mayor Robles reflected on the difficulties of developing the closed landfill: “The site has been vacant since before the City of Carson was incorporated in 1968. Over the years many different projects have been proposed, considered and/or planned for this location, including on at least three separate occasions an NFL stadium. But this premier fashion outlet mall is very different from all the past project announcements, namely for two reasons: (1) we have a developer with the experience, financial strength and reputation of Macerich partnering with us, and (2) for the first time ever, the City of Carson is 100% in control of the site and all major environmental review and permitting issues are completed. In other words, this particular project, at this time, with this developer is not subject to the regulatory hurdles of past projects nor the whims of a third-party private landowner – Carson for the first time controls its destiny with what we want to see on this site.”

Normally an exclusive negotiating agreement for a project of this complexity and magnitude takes about a year to negotiate, but the City and Macerich are able to enter into this agreement because Macerich has been investigating and planning for the construction of a fashion outlet mall on this site since 2013. Accordingly, upon the NFL’s decision earlier this year, the City and Macerich moved quickly because the community has been waiting a very long time for the development of this site.

The site was obtained by the Carson Reclamation Authority in 2015 in anticipation and on condition of the development of an NFL stadium, and when that option was no longer available the property became the Reclamation Authority’s without condition. The Reclamation Authority was formed by the City to complete the remediation of the abandoned landfill. The Authority was able to obtain $50 million in redevelopment funds to complete the remediation. During the last year, the Authority has completed the ground water treatment facility and activated the gas recovery equipment among other remediation activities.

“The site has had a series of false starts over the years,” commented Mayor Robles. “Macerich has committed to initially depositing $1 million to cover the planning costs and to help the Authority fund the monthly costs of operating the remediation systems.” The developer will advance the City an additional $2 million after the negotiations are finalized. Macerich has committed as part of the agreement to contribute at least $250,000 to the Carson Community Foundation. The Foundation was established by the City earlier this year to fund Carson community events and cultural arts programs for Carson residents. In addition to the generous community support, economists estimate that the fashion outlet mall will generate 1,800 permanent jobs, 1,700 construction jobs, and 1,100 indirect jobs.

“We are looking forward to working with the City of Carson to plan a major outlet destination,” said Randy Brant, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, Macerich. “This site has enormous potential to draw shoppers from across Los Angeles to this well-situated location in the South Bay.”

Mayor Robles concluded, “The NFL stadium made the site a focus of national interest and media attention. This attention is now paying off and the Fashion Outlet Mall of Los Angeles will not only be the flagship for the Macerich Company, but will be Carson’s flagship too.”


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