Inland Empire Mixed-Use Project Gets Green Light

The 12.2-acre development will rise on the site of a former mall in downtown Redlands, Calif.

State Street Village

State Street Village. Image courtesy of Village Partners

Developers Village Partners Investments and The Bascom Group have received the final approval for their State Street Village mixed-use development in Redlands, Calif. The 12.2-acre downtown project represents the redevelopment of the former Redlands Mall site. Groundbreaking is set for the second part of 2023.

Designed by architectural firms Mithun, Torti Gallas Partners and BAR Architects, State Street Village will create a new pedestrian district with roughly 700 residential units. Additionally, 84,000 square feet of commercial space— including retail, offices, restaurants and bars—as well as an outdoor public space dubbed Redlands Plaza are also in the plans.

Situated in the heart of the city, the property offers easy access to Interstate 10 and the University of Redlands. Before the construction of the Redlands Mall in the 1970s, the site housed a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood. State Street Village will bring back the historical street grid to the site, promoting walkability and paying homage to downtown Redland’s past, Don Henry, CEO & president of Village Partners, said in prepared remarks.

Inland Empire’s high housing demand

The project comes as a response to the city’s growing need for high-quality housing and retail services. By the end of 2021, the average occupancy rate in stabilized assets within the Inland Empire market reached 97.9 percent—one of the highest in the nation, according to a Yardi Matrix report.

San Bernardino and Riverside counties have seen limited construction activity within the past 10 years and demand for new supply remains high. As the average asking rent in January hit $2,024, the region is still the most affordable major market in Southern California.

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