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Foxwoods mall construction is on schedule
Published November 07. 2014
Mashantucket — Anchored by two casino towers, the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods represent a new twist on the synergy between gaming and shopping.
For Foxwoods Resort Casino, they may spell salvation.

"It's a game-changer," Chris O'Connell, Foxwoods' vice president of resort development, said Thursday during a hard-hat tour of the mall construction site. "We figure it'll bring in 3 to 4 million more people a year."

The hope is that they'll come to shop, and stay to gamble. The reverse would be fine, too.

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This is an informative video that clearly articulates the development of both theory and practice. I am putting on our ClintonPlacemakers Facebook Page and ClintonRSVP, our Planning Website. I, personally, like the strong connection that it makes between Placemaking, local development and community building.
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No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting to Rent

VIENNA, Va. — On a recent sunny afternoon, a half-dozen grinding and spinning cement trucks helped lay the foundation for what many real estate developers see as the most promising housing opportunity in postrecession America: apartment living.
Here in suburban Vienna, about 16 miles west of downtown Washington, Joshua Solomon’s DSF Group is remaking a congested but nondescript intersection into a haven for young adults of the millennial generation. Like many other developers who survived the housing bust, he now expects a coming wave of renters who intend to stay that way for a while to help lead the industry to a brighter future.
“That generation of folks has seen people really get hurt by homeownership,” said Mr. Solomon, president of the company, which is based in Waltham, Mass. “The petal has really fallen off the rose as it pertains to homeownership. People don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage they can’t get out of quickly.”
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The Urban Future of the American Suburb
Michael Caplin's quest to transform the quintessential edge city
OCT 14 2014, 8:06 PM ET

Although Caplin’s job description is nebulous (he says his role is to “stir things up in a place that’s been known for asphalt”), he manages to come across as perfectly qualified, thanks to an unusually wide-ranging career path. He started out as a public defender for the D.C. Superior Court, then switched sides and prosecuted tax evaders for the Department of Justice. He spent time in entertainment law, then worked for nonprofits like Childhelp, an organization that assists victims of abuse. He campaigned for several Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama (who later appointed him to the Commission on Presidential Scholars). Along the way, he raised a family in McLean, having moved there from D.C. in 1996. When the Tysons Partnership went looking for a director, Caplin had the peculiar skill set to run the show: here was someone capable of writing business contracts, testifying before government bodies, and producing pop concerts. He got the job, and started work in 2012. “The instruction book looked like this,” he said, holding up a blank legal pad. “I can do that.” more...

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Retailers’ Lines Blur on Outlet Stores
As Cut-Price Locations Proliferate, Distance Shrinks From the Mainline Stores
Oct. 12, 2014
Retailers long built walls around their outlet businesses to keep the bargain hunters from the gates of their full-price stores. Now, those walls are coming down. Desperate for growth at a time when outlet stores are a rare bright spot for shopper traffic, chains are taking the once unthinkable step of putting outlets near their mainline stores in cities and suburban malls and even putting full-price stores in outlet malls. Hudson’s Bay Co. HBC.T -1.55% , which owns Saks, said in September that it will open a new full line Saks in downtown Manhattan in 2016. A year later, it plans to open one of its Off Fifth outlet stores a seven-minute walk away. More...

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‘High-End’ Shopping, 100 Outlet Stores Envisioned for West Haven
Jun 10, 2014

Two developers with a track record of success are looking to build a $200 million “high-end” shopping center with 100 outlet stores, six restaurants and, in its second phase, a hotel and possibly apartments on the West River Crossing site the city has spent two decades trying to get off the ground.
The 347,826-square-foot waterfront development — the biggest taxable thing proposed for West Haven in decades — would be called “The Haven” and would be aimed at an affluent market that extends well beyond West Haven’s borders, its developers said Tuesday.
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EAST HARTFORD — A Michigan developer on Wednesday announced plans to open a 350,000-square-foot outlet center at Rentschler Field in 2016.
The complex, to be known as The Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field, will be the first outlet center in the Hartford are.

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Outlet Shopping Center Planned For Rentschler Field
March 13, 2014|By KENNETH R. GOSSELIN,, The Hartford Courant
The redevelopment of East Hartford's Rentschler Field — dormant during the last recession — is picking up momentum, first with plans for a new headquarters for Pratt & Whitney and now, an outlet centericon1 with as many as 80 stores.
Hartford-based United Technologies Corp., which owns most of Rentschler, has signed a "letter of interest" with a Michigan-based
developericon1 to build an $85 million factory outlet center on about 50 acres of the former airstrip. The center could be open by the summer of 2016. More...
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Foxwoods Mall Announces Major Stores
List Includes American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, LOFT, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger
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September 26, 2013|By KENNETH R. GOSSELIN,, The Hartford Courant
MASHANTUCKET — American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers are among the major stores signed up for a shopping mall to be built at Foxwoods Resortlb_icon1 Casino, the developers announced Thursday.
The development company, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc., also named Calvin Klein, Coach, Fossil, Gap, LOFT, Michael Kors, Nike, Skechers, Steve Madden and Tommy Hilfiger on the list of retailers — a list expected to grow to about 80 stores.