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Lakewood, Colorado

In 1966, Villa Italia Mall opened in Lakewood, Colorado as the largest indoor, air-conditioned shopping mall between Chicago and the West Coast. For 35 years, “Villa” was the social center of Lakewood, but despite remodeling efforts, Villa Italia was unable to resist changing social trends and increasing competition. In July 2001, the mall closed leaving a vacant property and negatively impacting Lakewood’s budget from loss of revenue. Concerned about the future of the site, the City of Lakewood initiated redevelopment discussions with the community and developers. Belmar was then proposed as a new, urban-style town center to anchor the community.


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