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Shapell Liberty Investment Properties is raising the bar on sustainable design for retail shopping centers. Its latest project—The Vineyards, a mixed-use shopping and entertainment center development in Porter Ranch—will feature solar panels, storm water capture systems and car charging stations, among a long list of the latest sustainable features and systems. The shopping center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

“The national culture is changing in which we’re integrating and accepting into our lives more sustainable products and actions,” John Love, VP for Shapell Properties, tells GlobeSt.com. “In California, we’ve had some major recent droughts, so we are all looking at being more efficient with our water.  We know sustainability is something the general public cares about and they are making conscious decisions to support businesses that incorporate and promote more sustainable options.”

Shapell has made a commitment to sustainability in its new projects, but Whole Foods and Kaiser Permanente, both tenants at the center, were also committed to creating a sustainable and efficient environment. “Sustainability has become part of our corporate culture as we’ve been implementing strategies at other properties throughout California, most notably adding solar carports to various apartment projects,” explains Love. “As we began designing The Vineyards, we were also fortunate to have a few key initial tenants who were thinking the same way.  Kaiser Permanente was committed to have a more sustainable facility, and Whole Foods wanted to integrate their solar PV plan into the building, and install electric vehicle charging stations.  It has been a productive, collaborative effort.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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