Norfolk moving ahead with new outlet mall

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk is taking another step toward a new outlet mall.

City spokeswoman Lori Crouch told 10 On Your Side that City Council will approve waste water installation and a pump station at the site on Tuesday. That is a crucial part of the process, she said, because without it, they can’t put a mall or any business on the property.

The new mall will transform the old Lake Wright Golf Course into a 90-store, upscale outlet mall. With it will come 300 construction jobs, 800 retail and other regular jobs, and about $3.3 million a year for Norfolk in tax revenue.

“This is money that goes to schools and neighborhoods and road projects,” Crouch said.

The property sits right along the Norfolk-Virginia Beach city line. Crouch said Norfolk is working with Virginia Beach,  specifically on the rezoning of 5.5 acres that would be parking for the outlet mall. The access road would be in the city of Virginia Beach, but on property owned by the city of Norfolk.

Even if Virginia Beach City Council  votes against it, Crouch said it doesn’t matter.

“Norfolk, we’re in this, we’re working with Simon, and it’s not a problem what so ever,” she told WAVY.com.

Simon is the company building the mall. It is the largest mall operator in the country and owns the Premium Outlets in Williamsburg, as well as Chesapeake Square mall.

Crouch said construction will probably start by the fall, and the new mall will be ready in time for your 2015 Christmas shopping season.

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