PRESS RELEASE: Construction Begins on Juanita Tate Marketplace in South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – October 17, 2013 – Construction has begun on Nadel Architects-designed Juanita Tate Marketplace, a 77,096-square-foot outdoor retail center in South Los Angeles situated on the 6.5-acre site of a former scrap-metal plant. Owned by Regency Centers, the $21 million development will bring a full-service grocery and retail center to the highly underserved surrounding community.

Located on the southwest corner of Slauson and Central avenues, Juanita Tate Marketplace will be anchored by the grocer Northgate Gonzalez Markets. Additional tenants include CVS, Starbucks and Panda Express. The site will also include an educational community center run by Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, the community development partner for the project. 

“When designing Juanita Tate Marketplace, our goal was to provide a convenient, centralized shopping destination that supplies a wide range of food and services catering to the South Los Angeles community,” said Greg Palaski, managing principal of Nadel Architects and project director. “In addition to coming up with the most cost-effective way to develop the center and remain consistent with the tenants’ requirements, our design helped create an inclusive retail center for local residents to enjoy.”  

The center consists of a 42,500-square-foot building to be occupied by the anchor, a 14,576-square-foot building for CVS and two additional free-standing buildings totaling 20,000 square feet with space for up to 12 small shops. Nadel designed the buildings as if they were built separately to give a small-town Main Street, commercial feel.

Nadel’s contemporary design features brick, tile and plaster walls as well as elements that are visually appealing and reflect the commercial buildings from the surrounding area with high transom windows, cantilevered metal awnings and stepping roof lines.

"We are very excited that Juanita Tate is moving forward,” said John Mehigan, vice president of investments for Regency Centers. “With Nadel Architects’ design, we are well on the way to delivering a quality shopping center with best in class retailers for this community.”

In addition to Palaski, Nadel’s project team consists of Fernando Trinidad, senior designer; and Brent Bland, project manager. The general contractor on the project is MATT Construction.

Nadel has worked on a variety of similar projects for Regency Centers, including Granada Village and the Seal Beach Town Center.

About Nadel

For the past 40 years, Nadel Architects has provided comprehensive services ranging from architectural design, master planning and feasibility studies to complete interior design, planning and programming. Nadel is ranked among the largest architectural firms in the world (#60 per Building Design + Construction, Giant 300 list, 2012). The company has completed more than 80,000 residential units, 30 million square feet of retail space, 600 office buildings, numerous hotels and resorts, and a variety of public and educational institutions, which have received more than 75 awards for design excellence. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm has designed a variety of projects located around the globe. For more information, please visit

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