Fiesta Mall owners plan to significantly increase the center's amenities with a movie theater complex, hotel or residential homes.
Phoenix-based Westcor, which purchased the Mesa mall in 2004, expects the center's southeast corner to expand after the company completes work on a Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods and restaurants along Alma School Road sometime in mid-2009. The development on the southeast corner isn't likely to occur for two or three years, said Garrett Newland, Westcor's vice president of development.
"We haven't pegged an opening date yet, and all these projects take 18 months or so to develop and construct," he said.
Plans are still in a preliminary stage, and Newland said he was able to provide little information.
"It could be any combination at this point," he said of the movie theater, hotel or homes.
"Whatever we do, it has to be market-driven. We'll take a look at what demand we have and which of those uses really fits best for strengthening the mall."
He said the firm has floated the proposed hotel to several companies, but wouldn't say which ones. It could be a limited-service to full-service hotel with a restaurant and meeting facilities, he said.
Newland added the movie theater complex will be state-of-the-art with stadium seating. Likewise, the company hasn't decided if the residential units will be condominiums or apartments.
"It's still too early," he said. "It has to be quality, and, again, it has to work with and fit with the mall."
Dennis Kavanaugh, the councilman representing the Fiesta Mall area, said the theaters and hotel would fill a big void for a mall with only a Hilton nearby and its only movie house - Harkins Fiesta 5 Theatres on Longmore - closing soon. The theater was recently purchased by Mesa Community College.
"At some point when the college is ready to move in with its reconstruction or remodeling plans for that site, that theater will close," he said.