UPDATE 1/14:During the Norfolk City Council meeting, Tuesday, Simon Property Group announced its plans to invest $75 million to build its second Premium Outlets mall in Hampton Roads. Construction is slated to begin this fall, with a projected opening in 2015.
NORFOLK -- An upscale outlet mall could be built near Norfolk International airport.
'Simon Properties sees Norfolk as a great market because of the tourism and that location is premier,' a source told 13News Now.
Simon Property Group Inc. has made an offer to build the shopping center at Northampton Boulevard off Interstate 64. Until the plans are finalized, the deal was supposed to be kept a secret, the source explained.
The outlet mall would replace at least part of Lake Wright Golf Course, which the city has owned for nearly 50 years.
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.
Details on when construction would begin and what stores would got in the mall have not been released.
Simon's Premium Outlets has 79 centers worldwide, including Williamsburg Premium Outlets and Chesapeake Square Mall. It's newest center opened today in Canada.