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Multi-million dollar renovation planned for Boulevard Mall

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LAS VEGAS -- One of Las Vegas' most iconic shopping centers is about to undergo a huge makeover.

The Boulevard Mall has been around since the 60s and is under new ownership. Sansone Companies took over the property in December and is investing $25 million into the overall redevelopment, hoping to attract more business.

The new owner has a specific plan to revitalize this shopping area. He is focusing on three major things that he feels are highly needed on this side of town: dining, entertainment and shopping. However, don't expect it to be like any other typical mall.

The Boulevard Mall has been around for almost 50 years, and it could use a makeover.

"I want to see a lot more entertainment, something that's going to bring the community together," shopper Edward Moncrief said.

Luckily for shoppers, the new owner of the mall agrees.

Roland Sansone of Sansone Companies doesn't want to just repaint the Boulevard Mall a new color, he wants to bring excitement and flavor to the iconic mall and make drastic changes that will cater to a wide variety of shoppers.

"And by doing that, it will bring people from Summerlin, Green Valley, and Boulder City," Sansone said.

Do not expect any department stores to move into the Boulevard Mall, dining and entertainment are Sansone's first priority on the list of things to add.

"We are looking at entertainment, dining, looking for a theater group to come to the mall, and bowling and other experiences for families to come there and do more than just shopping," Sansone explained.

Sansone is even adding a cultural twist to the Boulevard Mall. A Filipino and Hispanic market is coming soon. Island Pacific Supermarket and Goldilocks Bake Shop & Restaurant will be right next door at the old Circuit City space.

Sansone is also planning to add a farmers market to the mix.

"It will be an open market that will provide everything from food and crafts and other things that people would be selling," he said.

Even if the renovations haven't exactly started, just hearing about the plans is sparking some excitement among shoppers.

"I think having entertainment, a movie theater, a guess some more stores just liven the place up a lot," Moncrief said.

"That is awesome. The owner is thinking right." shopper Kathy Phan said.

The paint job will start next week. The actual building process will not start until summer because of permits. The entire renovation is expected to be completed by summer of 2015.

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