- City Lights at East Hills will offer 350,500 SF of mixed use retail featuring entertainment, dining and shopping
- Located in Northeast Bakersfield, situated to serve the 199,457 people in the trade area
- The Northeast submarket is an under serviced retail market, CITY LIGHTS AT EAST HILLS will offer the amenities and services the submarket needs
Future Residential Growth
The northeastern portion of Bakersfield has emerged as a rapidly growing area. Within the next five years, 5,000 new homes are planned within East Hills Mall’s primary trade area.
City Commitment to Northeast Bakersfield
The City of Bakers field has designated the Northeast section of town for new residential development. Due to land use and water limitations, the City of Bakersfield has annexed over 2,000 acres in order to encourage residential development in the Northeast. The City of Bakersfield and the California Water Service Company have completed the $53 million water treatment plant in the Northeast section of town in 2002, establishing the infrastructure to service over 10,000 homes-5,000 of which will be developed in the next five years. No other part of Bakersfield can accommodate this much additional growth.
Substantial Trade Area
East Hills Mall is situated in a very substantial trade area, with boundaries extending west to Highway 99, south to Highway 58, north to Panorama Drive, and east to Rio Bravo Country Club. There are over 193,000 people in this trade area, representing a board spectrum of income levels. By 2015, this area is projected to increase in density by over 20 percent.
UNDER SERVICED RETAIL SECTOR
The northeast area is currently undeserved by soft-good retailers, craft stores, bookstores, linen shops, sporting goods stores, state-of-the-art theaters, and eating establishments. This will become an even greater issue as the planned residential development is completed.
Immediately adjacent to East Hills Mall are some of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Bakersfield. The area also includes the Bakersfield Country Club that is recognized as the top golf course in the region. The area’s topography differs from the rest of Bakersfield due to its rolling hills, access to the Kern River and the southern Sierra Mountains. In addition, the unique foothill locations provide the only residential housing in the area with views of the city.
Goodbye East Hills Mall, hello City Lights
The Californian - John Cox
A few years ago, comparing the East Hills Mall in northeast Bakersfield to The Marketplace over in the southwest would have gotten you laughed out of any cocktail party.
But earlier this week, commercial property broker Duane Keathley kept a straight face when he said that, within maybe a year and a half, the two retail centers will be "not that much different."
Seriously. Similar size, similar design, similar kind of entertainment-dining-shopping experience.
In fact, forget the name East Hills Mall. After it's demolished later this year, it'll be called City Lights. And come late next year or early 2020, it'll be Bakersfield's new "it" spot, in the words of city Development Services Director Jacqui Kitchen.
"If done right, the 'new East Hills' center will bring a variety of much-needed amenities to the residents of northeast Bakersfield," she wrote in an email Tuesday. "These residents have waited a long time for development of this magnitude and it looks like the time has finally arrived!" Read Full Article Here
East Hills Mall demolition could begin by end of summer, city says
KGET.com - Jose Franco
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Development on a new shopping center at the site of the East Hills Mall is set to begin in just a few months.
When it's finally redeveloped the shopping center will be known as the City Lights Shopping Center.
City Services Development Director Jacqui Kitchen told 17 News Thursday afternoon that demolition of the East Hills Mall is set to begin some time after summer.
Kitchen said City Lights will have name brand stores and restaurants similar to the ones at The Marketplace, but because of confidentiality agreements with developers Cushman & Wakefield, she couldn't be specific.
The site plans, however, show spaces for seven "major" stores up to 50,000 square feet and a 30,000 square foot movie theater. Other, smaller stores would surround the site along Mall View Road on the south.
Kitchen also said the plan for City Lights is to be that of an outdoor mall with walk-ability being a focus on the layout and design. The new shopping complex would have shaded walking areas, Kitchen said.
East Hills Mall developers talk zoning during Bakersfield Planning Commission meeting
Reyna Harvey, Eyewitness News
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The future of the East Hills Mall property was discussed at Thursday's meeting of the Bakersfield Planning Commission.
There was a unanimous decision among the commission members that they would like to see something happen with the now-vacant mall.
The current developers, C&C Properties Inc. and MarkChris Investments, plan to turn the mall into a lifestyle area that will include restaurants and shops. Read Full Article Here