The Commons at Calabasas has submitted applications to the City of Calabasas for development changes to the shopping center.
They include construction of two new mixed-use buildings totaling 210,921 square feet, with 119 residential units and up to 24,163 square feet of commercial use. To construct the new project, the existing Regency Theatre will be demolished.
The newly named “Commons Lane” will include new shops and restaurants and a paseo with wide sidewalks and landscaping The website states that, “The Commons Lane will include a lush new area that creates a welcoming new space perfect for movies in the park, gathering with friends, children’s events, enjoying a good book, listening to local musicians, or for community gatherings and celebrations.”
Community reaction on social media has been somewhat negative, with most comments addressing dismay at the dismantling of the theatre. Others have commented on the 12 affordable housing units included in the proposal, while other comments address concerns about additional traffic in downtown Calabasas with the new residential units.
Story poles outlining the proposed development have already been placed at The Commons, and kiosks have been set up at the Civic Center courtyard and around the shopping center that contain a QR code that can be scanned to view the project in virtual reality simulations.
A Caruso representative will also be at the Civic Center courtyard kiosk every Tuesday between 1 and 3 pm to offer information or answer questions about the proposed development.
The City of Calabasas website also has information on the Commons Lane project at https://www.cityofcalabasas.com/our-city/current-projects/the-commons-lane.