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VIRGINIA BEACH -- The developer of a new outlet mall in Norfolk has withdrawn an ancillary rezoning request for a parking lot on property in Virginia Beach to move the project forward, according to a news release Friday.

Simon Properties plans to redevelop about 50 acres of the closed Lake Wright Golf Course and create a 350,000 square foot Premium Outlet Center. The project includes a 10-acre public park and a mall with up to 90 designer and name-brand outlet stores.

Construction is expected to begin within the next six months and is expected to create 500 construction jobs along with 800 new full-time and part-time jobs when the center opens.

Norfolk outlet mall plan moving forward

Adjacent to Norfolk Premium Outlets, Simon and Norfolk-based S. L. Nusbaum Realty Co. want to create a mixed-use project, tentatively named Burton Crossing, on about 28 acres of the golf course property located in Virginia Beach. Burton Crossing is proposed to be a 250,000 square foot mixed-use development featuring retail shops, restaurants, financial institutions, professional offices and hospitality.

The companies created a Web site, www.lakewrightprojects.com, with information on both projects as a way to get feedback before filing a rezoning application with the City of Virginia Beach.

Simon recently hosted a series of neighborhood meetings for local residents.

'We heard a lot of great ideas and some concerns,' said Scott Richardson, vice president of development for Simon. 'We will revisit our concepts based on what we heard from the community.'

Miles Leon, president of S. L. Nusbaum Realty Co., stressed that point as well.

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