The Clearview Mall, a retail anchor along the Veterans Memorial Boulevard corridor, is getting a $100 million makeover that will transform the traditional mall into a city center.
The new plan by long time owners the Richards Family includes a new hotel with a rooftop pool, an outdoor event space, 260 apartments, new stores, and a total renovation of the existing mall. Most of the existing interiors will also be changed into an open-air walkway. The project includes slicing the old Sears building in two parts with an open-air pedestrian walk down the middle. A new, 6 story, 150 room hotel is planned for the center of the mall.
After the renovations, the mall will be renamed Clearview City Center. The Richards family, led by Thomas Richards, has owned the Clearview Mall site since it opened in 1969. The family never owned the adjacent 14 acre Sears parcel, but was able to purchase it from Sears last year. Combining the sites allows for a complete master plan of the combined 35 acre site.
The new Clearview City Center project will be one of the largest retail projects in the New Orleans metro area, along with competitors Lakeside Shopping Center and Elmwood Center.
All existing large tenants including Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and AMC Theatres will remain in their current locations. One half of the Sears site will be used for medical and general office tenants.
According to Greater New Orleans Inc., the project will create 420 jobs and add $23 million annually to the local economy.
Check out the renderings below:
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