With the recent decline of malls across the United States, Sterling Heights is doing their part to make sure Lakeside Mall stays relevant by exploring new options for the 150 acre space.
Sterling Heights officials will be taking a trip to Lakewood, Colorado to visit Villas at Belmar. The space used to be a mall.
“The Belmare development completely reimagined the mall with all the uses I just mentioned and now it’s a thriving, highly successful development,” said City Manager for Sterling Heights Mark Vanderpool.
Vanderpool says they have been working since 2015 to figure out a new use for the mall. They want to replicate Belmare’s work by creating offices and apartments around eating and shopping.
Lakeside Mall currently employs 2,000 people and provides $100 million to the region.
The visit will take place June 25th and 26th.