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 Lakeside Mall anticipates having a skating rink, new art and food trucks on its premises this year, according to its ownership.

Lakeside Mall anticipates having a skating rink, new art and food trucks on its premises this year, according to its ownership.

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New Lakeside ownership plans skating, art and food trucks

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 17, 2020

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Plans for the future of Lakeside Mall are being put on ice — literally.

On Feb. 27, Out of the Box Ventures, the entity that acquired the mall property in December, announced an outline of some of its plans for the property.

Out of the Box, based in Florida, is a subsidiary of Lionheart Capital. The subsidiary is a commercial real estate fund that has changed retail properties into mixed-use venues. This trend has occurred as many brick-and-mortar retailers have confronted increases in online shopping.

According to Out of the Box, the upcoming changes include the following:

• Mall visitors can expect a new artificial ice rink, made by Xtraice Rinks and equipped with disco lights and a sound system, so people can skate indoors any time of the year. Lessons, parties and group rentals would be offered.

• Expect more art. Graffiti artists and muralists could receive invitations to decorate areas with striking new visuals. The space would also offer programming to get kids and teens involved with art.

• Planners also hope to add some food alongside the art. Out of the Box wants to invite food trucks and arts and crafts vendors to the premises sometime in late spring for a special pop-up market event.

The new amenities are expected to debut on the Lakeside premises this year. Lionheart Capital spokeswoman Ashley Spitz said the rink and the other changes should take place in late spring, likely between mid-May and mid-June.

As for the mall’s existing tall, abstract sculptures, they’re expected to stay, she said. The skating rink would not require any demolition of the mall property, she added.

“It’s slated to go in center court. It will not be in an anchor store,” she said.

In a statement, Lionheart Capital founding partner and CEO Ophir Sternberg said Detroit is an incubator for creativity and art, and he believes that Lakeside can be a place where locals can present their work.

“It is important that we stay as connected to the community as possible,” he said in a statement. “We have a lot of space that is best put to use to enhance the quality of life for Sterling Heights’ residents while we work on revitalizing the mall.”

Mayor Michael Taylor sees the amenities “creating unique experiences” and fitting in with his 2030 Visioning goals related to recreation, public art and placemaking destinations. He also referred to the plans occurring during a transitional period.

“I’m excited about that,” he said. “I think they’re going to match up very well with what the city is trying to do: building a sense of community. It’s good to see the private sector and our largest commercial area doing programming very similar to what the city is doing.”

Find out more about Out of the Box Ventures by visiting ootbventures.com. Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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