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Simon Perkowitz Perkowitz: “The benefit of incorporating a non-retail use such as education, office or medical use is that people will come to the center for daily needs and will be more likely to shop while they are there.”

IRVINE, CA—Residential, creative-office, museum, civic and healthcare uses are just a few of the innovative ideas for creating a dynamic 24-7 mixed-use environment out of empty big-box space, Simon Perkowitz, a principal with KTGY Architecture + Planning, tells GlobeSt.com. Perkowitz recently participated as a roundtable facilitator at the International Council of Shopping CentersCenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, presenting “What Should I Do With My Vacant Big Box?” We spoke with him about this concern and the best uses for vacant big-box space.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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