NORFOLK-- The deal to bring a new outlet mall to Norfolk is on track to open in 2015, according to city officials.
Tuesday, city council will approve the next step of the plan, approving $2.5 million for the waste-water installation. 'Part of the agreement is the city needs to make infrastructure improvements in that area,' city spokesperson Lori Crouch said.
Once that's finished, the city's economic development authority will finalize the deal next month with Simon Property Group. In January, Simon announced plans to invest $75 million to build a 'PremiumOutlets' mall at Northampton Boulevard off I-64, replacing part of the Lake Wright Golf Course, which the city has owned for nearly 50 years.
Construction on the outlet mall should begin later this year, with it tentatively opening in 2015.
The project could also benefit Virginia Beach, helping to develop the Burton Station neighborhood. A new road into the shopping center would be built, extending Wesleyan Drive to Miller Store Road.
'The roads are something we have been wanting to get done for a while. We will do whatever we can to support this project,' Mayor Will Sessoms said inJanuary.
Simon's Premium Outlets has 79 centers worldwide, including Williamsburg Premium Outlets and Chesapeake Square Mall.