With malls struggling with the changes to the retail market, the owners of the long vacant Hawthorne Mall will raze the structure and construct Magnitude LAX, a complex with residential, commercial and entertainment components.
Many other area malls are trying to figure out ways to add residential and entertainment offerings to their core retail business. However, the mall’s owners are significantly reducing retail in favor of a million square feet complex featuring “over 600 housing units, offices and 500,000 square feet of commercial space” as well as “a grocery store, a gym, a food hall, a grocery store and a movie theater.”
The project will comprise an open air park-like complex of several buildings joined by walkways and bridges. The buildings will have ‘green rooftops’, including a track.
Hawthorne Plaza struggled throughout the 90’s as stores moved out until the main section of the mall was closed entirely in 1999.
As its name indicates, the complex hopes to take advantage of its proximity to LAX.