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Doors, windows to be boarded up at San Bernardino’s shuttered Carousel Mall

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Brian Whitehead

Entrances that for years welcomed Inland Empire shoppers into the Carousel Mall will soon be boarded up to keep vandals and transients from entering the shuttered shopping center.

The city of San Bernardino on Wednesday, Dec. 6, is expected to approve an agreement with Epsilon Engineering to board up the mall’s doors and windows – one of many anticipated projects associated with its closure.

The job will cost the city $66,000.

“It’s bittersweet for me because it was a brand new mall when I was growing up, during my teenage years,” 1st Ward Councilwoman Virginia Marquez said in a phone interview Tuesday. “The Central City Mall it was called at that time. The place to be, the place to go.

“Fast forward to 2017 and it’s going to be boarded up. Kind of sad.”

Marquez said in recent weeks she has seen transients try to enter the 43-acre downtown mall, which locked its doors for good earlier this year.

Completely closing the mall will cost the city roughly $1 million, city staffers say. Work is to include securing the parking lot, signage removal and business relocation expenses.

Fourteen mall entrances will be boarded up, a staff report says – 10 will have exterior and interior barricades.

Four Montgomery Ward truck docks and the old auto center also will be secured, as will office doors and windows elsewhere. A patio will be fenced in.

“The sooner the better,” Marquez said.

Boarding up the JCPenney building, recently acquired by the city in a land swap with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, will be addressed when the transfer is complete, a staff report says.

The city owns most of the shuttered mall, which local leaders hope to redevelop. The Harris building, which housed Gottschalks, is owned by El Corte Ingles, a department store retailer based in Spain.

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