Sunrise commissioners unanimously voted in favor of site plans that call for nearly 82,000 square feet of additional space for retailers, restaurants and public restrooms.

Sawgrass Mills, already one of the country's largest outlet malls, is ready to grow even more.

Sawgrass' developers got the green light Tuesday from Sunrise city officials to construct three buildings northeast of The Colonnade Outlets.

Sunrise commissioners unanimously voted in favor of site plans that call for nearly 82,000 square feet of additional space for retailers, restaurants and public restrooms.

The giant Sunrise mall is already home to more than 350 stores.


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Sawgrass declined to estimate a completion date and the expected number of businesses that will take over at the space approved Tuesday.

The development "will broaden our appeal to local shoppers and visitors from around the world," Luanne Lenberg, vice president and general manager at Sawgrass Mills said in a statement.

The planned construction is the latest in a series of expansions at Sawgrass.

The Colonnade Outlets debuted in 2006 as the mall's outdoor row of luxury retailers. At least 62,000 square feet have been added to that section to make room for more coveted brands. Jimmy Choo, Prada, Valentino, Versace and dozens of other high-end stores have found a home at The Colonnade Outlets.

Fashion Row opened in 2012, bringing along 140,000 square feet of additional retail space.

Sunrise Mayor Michael J. Ryan said the upcoming Colonnade expansion proves that Sawgrass "continues to be a popular destination and economic driver in our community."

"This expansion will benefit the entire region and Broward County," he said.

But before customers step into any of the new stores and restaurants, Sawgrass developers must first deliver on the construction of a parking garage previously approved by Sunrise officials.

At a City Commission meeting Tuesday, a couple of nearby business owners also expressed concerns about parking issues that may rise as a result of the additional buildings.

A representative of Sawgrass Commons, a shopping center neighboring Sawgrass Mills, urged the city to set up a task force to resolve any impending parking challenges.

Staff writer Susannah Bryan contributed to this report.

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