Workers are poised to begin construction as early as next month on a long-awaited outdoor mall and hotel complex near Disneyland, now that the City Council has approved expansion plans.
On Tuesday night, council members voted 5-0 to grant a request for GardenWalk to add hotels and shops to its plans, first discussed about eight years ago.
"It's an asset we've been waiting for – for many years – so we can extend and expand our convention business," Councilman Richard Chavez said.
GardenWalk plans to sell trendy attire at shops such as White House/Black Market and offer upscale dining options, including the Cheesecake Factory, when the first phase is set to open in October 2007.
Agreements with three hotels are expected in about 30 days, said Bill Stone, a principal in Excel Realty Holdings LLC of San Diego, one of three companies in the mall. One hotel could offer indoor and outdoor water parks.