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SANTA ROSA -- Shopping mall giant Simon Property Group is making another multimillion-dollar investment this year in Santa Rosa, this time a 16-month interior and exterior renovation of its 700,000-square-foot downtown regional center.
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With upgrades at its joint-venture center Coddingtown Mall about a mile north in Santa Rosa set to start this month, Simon on Thursday said it intends to start the work in July at Santa Rosa Plaza mall. Among the changes to the center, listed below, are overhauls of the two main entrances, a new pedestrian connector between Railroad Square on the west side of Highway 101 to the mall and downtown core on the east side and addition of a turnout in front of the east entrance on B Street for mall visitors to be dropped off and picked up.
This would be the first major renovation since Santa Rosa Plaza was built 29 years ago, according to the Indianapolis-based company. Simon has restarted its capital projects pipeline after a pause of a couple of years because of economic conditions, planning to spend $350 million on renovations and expansions this year, up from $96 million in 2010 and $159 million in 2009 but less than the $432 million spent in 2008, according to company regulatory filings.
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Santa Rosa was one of the first markets the company targeted for resuming the flow of projects, said Kelly Hartsell, regional vice president, at the Plaza project unveiling Thursday, explaining the Coddingtown and Santa Rosa Plaza renovations.
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While uncovering a rendering of the planned B Street entrance at the event, Vice Mayor Jake Ours said the project is "phase 1 of what I hope will be many phases integrating the downtown."
"We're taking the first steps," he said.
The architecture firm for the project is ELS Architecture & Urban Design of Berkeley. The general contractor is VCC, a large company with a number of U.S. and international offices, including one in Irvine. Simon wants to involve as many local subcontractors as possible [visit VCC's subcontractor website], according to Ms. Hartsell.
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Components of the Santa Rosa Plaza upgrade are: