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Retail Design Collaborative and Merlone Geier Break Ground at Five Lagunas

Retail Design Collaborative and Merlone Geier Break Ground at Five Lagunas

On August 5th, 2016 Five Lagunas broke ground on a redevelopment of an 870,000 SF shopping mall in South Orange County. Over many years of planning, Merlone Geier Partners, the City of Laguna Hills, and our team are excited to see the once Laguna Hills Shopping Mall become what is to be the city’s newest vibrant, outdoor plaza.

The project was set out to become an urban village, where guests could shop, dine and play and a place where residents could live, creating the very first “downtown experience” for the community of Laguna Beach. The new Five Lagunas center will feature a 14-screen luxury movie theater, chef-driven restaurants, a one-acre park where live music and events will be held and has plans to continue offering a farmers’ market. In addition, a six-story parking garage will be added to give guests easy and convenient access to the center.

"At the center of the five communities, Five Lagunas will emerge as a modern, inviting and thoroughly south Orange County destination. This groundbreaking is the culmination of years of vision, community engagement and sheer innovation to breathe new life into the community. South Orange County will finally have its very own community epicenter with five experiences in one: the outdoors, art, fashion, dining and entertainment."

Stephen Logan, project director of development, Merlone Geier Partners

Associate Principal, Ronald E. Bernhardt participated in the ground breaking event on Friday saying, “The groundbreaking event is especially gratifying for us in that it represents over six years of effort starting with our initial revitalization plan with Simon Property Group in 2012. In May 2014 Merlone Geier was able to acquire the Sears lease which opened the potential to what is now a true urban village with a park amenity, restaurants and three entitled residential parcels. The project was also rebranded ‘Five Lagunas’ to fully embrace the five communities that comprise the name and reinforces the notion that the re-envisioned property is no longer just a mall.”

The Five Lagunas’ groundbreaking ceremony attracted over 80 attendees, including community members, project teams and officials from the City of Laguna Hills. Congratulations to all of those involved and we look forward to seeing the project in its completion.

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