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  • ‘Rolling opening’ continues at SoNo Collection; potential ‘tools’ for West Avenue-Wall Street discussed

    NORWALK, Conn. – Since the SoNo Collection officially launched in October, about half of its tenants have opened for business, with an additional 15 percent expected to open their doors in the next six weeks, according to Brookfield Properties representatives. Paul Madden, director of design for Brookfield Properties, along with Attorney William Hennessey, who represented the company…

  • GGP exec rebuts ‘pure speculation’ about SoNo Collection

    NORWALK, Conn. — Nothing is changing with The SoNo Collection, Mayor Harry Rilling said. Leaders of GGP, the developer of the mall dubbed “The SoNo Collection” now under construction on West Avenue, have agreed to a buyout proposed by Brookfield Property Partners L.P. GGP exec Kevin Berry on Wednesday clarified that “Brookfield has proposed to…

  • North Water Street closure planned for February

    North Water Street closure planned for February

    NORWALK, Conn. – Be prepared for a three-month detour soon around the emerging SoNo Collection. In other Traffic Authority news, no rumble strips are planned for Maple Street, although they were requested.

  • GGP considering $14.8 billion takeover offer

    NORWALK, Conn. — Brookfield Properties’ attempted takeover of GGP, the mall developer building The SoNo Collection here, is official. Last week, GGP’s stock prices jumped on reports that Brookfield was seeking to buy a significant amount of stock. On Saturday, GGP released a statement confirming Brookfield’s major move.

  • GGP’s stock on the move – upward

    NORWALK, Conn. — Stock prices of GGP, the company building The SoNo Collection, have risen sharply on Tuesday. The stock was up 15.9 percent as of 3:21 p.m., Seeking Alpha reported.

  • GGP CEO: Anchors not giving up on The SoNo Collection

    NORWALK, Conn. – Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom are intent upon maintaining their proposed footprints in The SoNo Collection, GGP CEO Sandeep Mathrani said Tuesday. Mathrani’s comments were part of GGP’s third quarter earnings report-inspired question and answer conference call.

  • Norwalk officials join GGP execs for SoNo Collection groundbreaking

    Updated 8 p.m.: Minor edits. NORWALK, Conn. – The SoNo Collection has officially been christened. “People should appreciate that you may not see another mall get built in America for the next decade,” GGP CEO Sandeep Mathrani said Wednesday, as he and Norwalk officials lead a groundbreaking, standing where the mall’s restaurants are expected to…

  • GGP CEO talks of higher costs in The SoNo Collection

    Updated 3 a.m. Aug 9 and 7 p.m., Aug. 8: Comments from GGP VP Doug Adams. CHICAGO, Ill. – The story being told by GGP CEO Sandeep Mathrani shifted dramatically last week. Mathrani, leader of the mall developer currently building The SoNo Collection, in his quarterly earnings conference call startled investors by backing off his previous promise…

  • Norwalkers pass along ‘death of malls’ stories

    NORWALK, Conn. – The rumored death of malls make for good conversation in Norwalk. News articles about the decline of brick and mortar retail are routinely posted on Facebook; links are forwarded by email.

  • GGP sails to Norwalk Zoning Commission approval

    NORWALK, Conn. — It’s full steam ahead for The SoNo Collection. The Norwalk Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved GGP’s requested modifications for its mall, the removal of the hotel and some parking spaces, without resistence or even any discussion. Only three members of the public spoke at the brief public hearing, their comments largely…

  • Construction zooms in South Norwalk; proceeds at snail’s pace elsewhere

    Updated, 1:49 p.m.: Comment from Tod Bryant. NORWALK, Conn. – An apartment building on Day Street is going up remarkably fast and GGP really has started construction of The SoNo Collection. That, white fluff, and the surprising sight of a Wall Street building without a back wall are some of the photos we present to you…

  • GGP greenlighted for hotel-less SoNo Collection

    Updated, 5 p.m., clarification; 1:22 a.m.: Full story. NORWALK, Conn. – A deal specifying a $3.5 million payment to Norwalk, in lieu of a hotel atop The SoNo Collection, was approved Tuesday by the Common Council. The vote to accept the terms that would allow GGP to build its mall without a hotel, hammered out…

  • GGP’s hotel-less mall hitting ‘homestretch’

    Correction, 7:31 p.m.: GGP originally said construction would begin in 2015.  NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk could be figuring out a correct economic metric to value to its loss of a hotel right off Interstate 95, Deb Goldstein said. GGP really could walk and abandon its site if the numbers don’t work, Common Council member Michael…

  • GGP’s Mall

    We are at zero hour.  If GGP is not allowed to move forward the anchor tenants will likely drop out.  And we, Norwalk, will lose the best development prospect we’ve ever had.   The question is, are we going to chase away a $400 million investment in Norwalk?  All because we did not realize that we…

  • Norwalk Council set to consider GGP’s hotel-less mall next week

    NORWALK, Conn. – Opinions from the public Monday were weighted against building The SoNo Collection, as currently desired by GGP. “The presence of a hotel on the city’s skyline speaks volumes. It’s welcoming and it speaks to the city’s success… what would compensate the city for the loss of this status symbol?” Sally Marsico asked…

  • Norwalk – a sliver, anyway – weighs in on The SoNo Collection

    NORWALK, Conn. — The debate continued Tuesday, with three GGP supporters giving one point of view to the Common Council, and a persistent critic offering rebuttals. “It’s boggles my mind that we have to have more of these meetings,” mall supporter Wini Mola said, at the first public hearing on GGP’s request to modify the…