By Jim Shilander
Substantial progress has been made on the early stages of the Outlets at San Clemente plaza since construction began last summer, both on a large parking structure going up on the north end of Avenida Pico and with the first of phase of the store structures going up just west of Interstate 5 between Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida Pico.
Bill Kelly, construction manager for Craig Realty Group on the project, said the project overall is currently going “very well,” with the completion of the 3,000-slot parking structure set for late second quarter 2015. The retail buildings are currently on track for completion in the middle of the third quarter, Kelly said, adding that plaster work on the exterior of the retail buildings will likely begin late in January.
Currently, city staff is reviewing signage for the stores on West Vista Hermosa and within the outlet center. Associate City Planner Sean Nicholas said no proposal for freeway signage has been submitted to the city.