The Lake Havasu City Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new plan for The Shops that splits up each building into separate parcels, allowing for individual ownership of the buildings and lots.
Most of the 10 parcels in discussion are already existing buildings, but two of the parcels are empty lots, waiting to be built on.
One is a vacant lot next to Star Cinemas, with some parking included. Another is a larger parcel, which contained two building pads originally, but in this case would be used for one building pad. That lot sits east of Dillard’s, on the southeast end of The Shops. This parcel would include a portion of the existing parking.
“The parking is going to stay parking,” Lee Johnson of Accurate Professional Land Surveying, Inc. said.
“Really all this is doing is creating the separation of each building, giving someone the opportunity to own the buildings,” Zoning Administrator Stuart Schmeling said.
Johnson said that the original plans for the mall were split into four parcels.
“Then a year or two ago, we came forward in front of the commission and City Council and broke out three individual parcels… that way they could have their own ownership.”
The movie theater was one of those new individual parcels, allowing for new ownership.
“Now, the developer is coming back forward to break out the rest of the buildings on individual sites where they can end up having individual ownership for the buildings.
Debra Hunter, a self-proclaimed “snowbird” from North Dakota, frequents Dillard’s regularly.
“The parking lot’s always empty,” Hunter said, “so I think that would actually help Dillard’s business to bring another place. I go into a store for one item and I come out with 40. I think it would help the whole mall.”
There was one concern expressed during the review process, according to Schmeling. A building code provision was added in a condition to the proposed plan in order to meet separation requirements between properties.
The new plan was approved unanimously by the commission on Wednesday morning.