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Is Hawthorne's Dead Mall Transforming Into a Fancy Outdoor Shopping Center?

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Hawthorne Plaza has been an abandoned eyesore since 1999, when the neighborhood mall famously shut its doors due to the area's economic decline and other setbacks. Known for its haunting appearance (see more photos here), the space has been used for a number of films, including Minority Report, The Green Hornet, and Gone Girl. Now, we hear that the severely neglected real estate may finally receive the TLC it's been waiting for.

Our sister site Curbed LA (congrats on the site redesign, guys!) reveals that the Hawthorne Planning Commission recently green-lit a proposal from the mall's owners (Charles Company) to tear down what's left of the space and replace it with "a kind of outdoor mall/luxury residential combination along the lines of the Americana at Brand or Paseo Colorado."

Promising! But let's not get our hopes up just yet; the deal—which includes "600 residences, 500,000 square feet of space for retail, 800,000 square feet of office space, and almost 5,900 parking spots for cars"—has yet to be finalized.

Hawthorne Plaza

12730 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250, USA