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Old 11-25-2011, 11:01 PM
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yea, i gotta say, regardless of politics. that mall is VERY depressing to walk through. there is NO ONE there.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:20 AM
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That mall turning into a downtown project is possible. Hotels going downtown is a usual for cities.

I am not too keen with the retail environment of Woodland. But Im guessing they have Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Costco, and whats in the mall. That is still missing OSH, Lowe's, and Kohl's.

I'd say a movie theater, hotel, restaurants, local shops, and bars downtown is a great redevelopment idea.
In Woodland there is an OSH at1350 E Main Street.

Woodland is a fairly small town, roughly 60,000 people. Its also not particularly affluent. In general small cities like Woodland that still have some vestiges of there historic cores probably would prefer to avoid adding too much retail on the outskirts to protect the local stores downtown. But the city needs the sales tax dollars to provide services particularly sales tax receipts from non Woodland residents (largely from Davis). That was why the Mall was approved and I am sure that is ultimately why the Gateway Center was approved later.

Davis is a wealthier city. It draws students from fairly affluent families from across the state. While the census stats may suggest that the students are poor because they aren't yet in the labor force, the financial transfers from Mom and Dad allow these students buying power well above what there earned income implies. Until recently Davis banned all big box stores and has kept out the Malls to protect its historic district, although recently it did allow a Target and a Borders before it went bankrupt. Tenant selection in Woodland is based somewhat on what type of retail isn't available to Davis shoppers in Davis or nearby competing areas like West Sac or Dixon and to a lesser extent what isn't available in North Natomas.

As far as retail locations go, both Natomas and West Sac are better retail areas than Woodland because those stores have more of the customers in Sacramento region in there trading areas. Those trading areas are also more affluent and have better demographics for retail. Woodland needs to be more flexible on the zoning front to make up for that fact that intrinsically its a worse retail location. This is a big reason why the city is talking about approving an expansion to the Woodland Gateway project when the current Mall isn't doing to well and while downtown Woodland is still hurting. Woodland's need to sustain and possibly grow sales tax receipts is driving the planning process.
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