Green Light Given to Downtown Rehab Project

Green Light Given to Downtown Rehab Project

San Bernardino, CA

Over the past year and a half, the Fransen Company, in combination with the global developer AECOM and KB Homes have worked to create a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of San Bernardino’s Carousel (Central City) Mall. This week, that plan was presented to and approved by the San Bernardino City Council. 

The first phase of development will focus on the construction of 25,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. Additionally, it will include another 10,000 square feet of public open space. 

The Carousel (Central City) Mall, built in the early 1970’s, was originally anchored by J.C. Penny’s and Montgomery Ward. The mall also included another 49 shops and stores that varied in size. The mall remained viable for more than twenty years but began to decline during tough economic times of the 1990’s. 

It demise was originally triggered by the loss of Gottchalks in 1998; followed by the exodus of Montgomery Ward in 2001; and culminated with the closing of J.C. Penny’s in 2006. After a failed attempt by another developer to revive the mall, it was inherited by the city in 2008. 

Currents tenants are expected to vacate the mall by the end of June before work on the project begins.

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