The Massachusetts based developer, WS Development, announced today its
plans to bring top designer and brand name outlets to the Cheshire
project. This open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complex will
also include public open space, walkways, recreation amenities, a
residential component and full service grocer. The center will be
located at the I-84/I-691 Interchange in Cheshire along Route 10 in the
town’s Interchange Zone.
“The decision to build a destination outlet center is in large part due
to the very strong retail interest in the project and the success of
outlet centers today,” said Mark Roberts, Senior Vice President of
Leasing at WS Development. “With its convenient highway location and
super regional access, the project is perfectly positioned within the
state for outlet retail,” he added.
Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2014 with a projected
opening of summer 2015. WS Development will introduce leading fashion
and designer outlet stores to this 500,000 square foot project.
This upscale outlet center is directly accessible from I-691 to I-84 and
I-91. The WS Development project will be an amenity for the residents of
the Town of Cheshire, providing shopping, dining and entertainment
opportunities that are not available in the regional marketplace today.
In addition, WS Development projects to create a positive economic
impact for the area by creating an estimated 400 jobs during
construction and approximately 1,100 full and part-time permanent jobs
upon completion. The commercial center is estimated to generate annual
property tax revenues of approximately $1.6 million and will diversify
the Town of Cheshire’s existing tax base and serve as a catalyst for the
surrounding area. The project will also include significant public
roadway and utility infrastructure improvements.
Unique project features will include a state of the art design with a
pedestrian friendly layout that will function as an open-air streetscape
with landscaped courtyards and park-like settings throughout the complex.
“We are pleased to begin construction early next year on The Outlets at
Cheshire in what will be a dynamic lifestyle destination and to create
new job opportunities in New Haven County,” said Dick Marks, Partner at
WS Development. “Our goal is to create an exceptional outlet shopping
experience to serve this growing market area with a great selection of
designer fashions focusing on in-season and attractively priced
merchandise while also delivering a project relevant to the local
community. We look forward to being a great partner to the Town of
Cheshire and to bringing this world class fashion destination to New
Haven County,” added Marks.
ABOUT WS DEVELOPMENT
WS Development is one of the largest privately owned retail development
firms in the country. Based in Chestnut Hill, MA, WS Development has
been a leader in the acquisition, development, management and
redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Its diverse portfolio
consists of more than 85 properties totaling 20 million square feet. For
more information, visit www.wsdevelopment.com.