Redeveloping Through The Red Tape: How One Developer Is Winning Approvals To Overhaul A California Mall

Jan 12 , 2022 Southern California

By Bianca Barragan, Bisnow Southern California

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Beleaguered malls across the country have been getting face-lifts over the past decade as developers look to breathe new life into outdated shopping centers by adding mixed-use elements like apartments, hotels and creative offices.

For one developer — West Coast retail investor Merlone Geier Partners — the process to repurpose the shuttered Laguna Hills Mall in Orange County has highlighted the challenges to what has proven to be a time-consuming and expensive process filled with red tape.

But now, nearly a decade and several proposals later, the finish line is in sight.