Expansion project repositions 1980s shopping center into upscale community amenity

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – October 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Village at Nellie Gail Ranch (The Village), a shopping center located at the intersection of Moulton Parkway and La Paz Road in Laguna Hills, California, is now open to local shoppers after a $17 million extensive remodel and expansion by Nadel, incorporating 28,000 additional square feet of retail space. The Village was originally built in the 1980s and now includes approximately 88,000 square feet of retail.

Owned by Vintage Real Estate, LLC, the center’s new 21,000 square foot anchor tenant is Southern California’s first location of The Fresh Market, a high-end European grocery store. Additional tenants include Pharmaca, Rita’s Italian Ice, Burger Lounge, Mod Pizza, Edible Arrangements and Chuckie Cheese’s.

“Repositioning projects play a large role in the current market,” says Greg Lyon, principal and design director with Nadel. “Expansions like this allow communities to utilize outdated spaces in underserved areas, and create an anchor amenity that meets the needs of area demographics.”

The goal of the Nadel design team was to create a “California coastal” village environment that took advantage of the existing building massing while adding new towers, canopies and other architectural features.

Nadel’s scope of work included renovations to the parking area and landscaping to better accommodate the additional retail space of The Village. The integration of an existing equestrian parkway was a key element of the area development. Horse riding trails exist side by side with pedestrian walkways and landscape areas.
“This re-imagined design changes the center from one that is purely functional in nature to one that provides sophisticated reinforcement of the coastal lifestyle this community embodies,” said Lyon.

In addition to Lyon, the Nadel design team also includes David Anderson, studio director; Keith Martinez, project manager; and Fernando Trinidad, senior designer.

About Nadel
For the past 41 years, Nadel, Inc. has provided comprehensive services ranging from architectural design, master planning and feasibility studies to planning and programming. Nadel is ranked among the top architectural firms in the U.S. The company has completed multiple sports and entertainment centers, more than 60,000 residential units, 30 million square feet of retail space, 400 office buildings, numerous hotels and resorts, and a variety of public and educational institutions, which have received more than 100 awards for design excellence. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm has designed a variety of projects in the U.S., Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. For more information, please visit

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