Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., Aug. 21
Mall overhaul given go-ahead in Carlsbad
The Carlsbad City Council gave the go-ahead to major mall operator Westfield LLC to begin a revamp on the 482,000-retail-square-foot Plaza Camino Real mall, originally constructed on a 77-acre plot in 1969 and acquired by Westfield in the 1990s, when the company was busy acquiring most of the large shopping plazas across the county. As part of the makeover, the facility will be renamed Westfield Carlsbad.
Major projects include construction of a new fitness facility with indoor pool and rooftop basketball courts, and conversion of a long-vacant Robinson’s May building into a 12-screen theater.
Westfield also wants to expand the overall size of the mall 40,000 square feet by building out into the city-owned parking lot. That phase of the project will be delayed as the company attempts to negotiate a lease agreement with the city.
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