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Laguna Hills Mall Developer Scales Back Proposal

Laguna Hills Mall redeveloper Merlone Geier Partners has scaled back apartment units, office space and parking spaces from its original vision of the so-called Five Lagunas project.

In a new proposal submitted to the city on Monday, November 4, the developer proposed building five apartment buildings, totaling 1,200 to 1,500 units, and 390,000 to 520,000 square feet of office space. Other changes include a decrease in the number of proposed parking spaces.

The company’s original proposal included six apartment buildings for a total of 2,100 units and 822,000 square feet of office space. Based on resident feedback during a town hall meeting, Merlone Geier Partners did not submit its first proposal to the city and renamed the project to Village at Laguna Hills.

“When looking at the landscape of Laguna Hills and south Orange County, and carefully studying consumers in a rapidly changing world of retail, we listened to community feedback,” Merlone Geier Partners’ Vice President of Development Stephen Logan said in a press release.

What remains of the company’s first proposal include a 125-room boutique hotel; 250,000 square feet of retail space; a 110,000-square-foot, two-floor anchor building; a cinema; a community park; and an amphitheater.

The Laguna Hills City Council is expected to discuss the project at its November 12 meeting. 

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