Empire Adventure Park, an indoor entertainment attraction, will open its first location next year at the Samanea New York mall in Westbury. 

Empire Adventure Park, which will feature trampolines, ninja obstacle courses, a ropes course, climbing walls, augmented reality games and more, signed a lease for a 35,572-square-foot space on the second floor of the retail complex. 

Construction of the new entertainment center is slated to begin in Jan. 2022 and is expected to open before the end of next year. 

“We are looking forward to providing the Long Island community with an innovative and exciting new recreational park,” Matthew Mullen, president of Empire Adventure Park, said in a written statement. “The new Samanea New York property is centrally located in Nassau County and is the ideal site for us to be opening our very first location.” 

Samanea New York, formerly known as the Mall at the Source, has been undergoing a $30 million renovation. The 750,000-square-foot complex on 38 acres on at 1500 Old Country Road now has two new main exterior entrances, one on Old Country Road on the northwest side of the property and a second on Merchants Concourse on the northeast side. 

The mall was less than 30 percent occupied when it was purchased in 2017 by China-based Lesso Group Holdings for $92 million and the property has struggled to fill its many vacancies. It lost long-time tenant Fortunoff Fine Jewelry in January.  

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group opened the Mall at the Source in 1997, after making a deal with Alan Fortunoff to build it and connect it to his family’s flagship department store. But when the Fortunoff department store closed in 2009, many of the mall’s tenants folded their tents as well, precipitating a major exodus. 

The sale of the mall resulted in an $85.2 million loss for investors in the property’s commercial mortgage-backed securities loan, according to Trepp, which monitors the CMBS loan industry. 

The 10-year lease for Empire Adventure Park will bring Samanea New York’s signed and operating occupancy to about 60 percent. Current tenants include Dave & Buster’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Bloomingdale’s Furniture Outlet, Fortunoff Backyard Store, MoCa Asian Bistro, Frank & Camille’s West Pianos and Leon Banilivi Rugs. Another new tenant, 99 Ranch Supermarket, will be opening its first New York location at the mall this fall. 

The Empire Adventure Park lease was brokered by Matthew Kucker of Colliers International Long Island and Dominic Coluccio, chief leasing and development officer for Samanea New York. 

“The adventure park will bring much needed traffic inside the once thriving mall, improving the co-tenancy as we continue to open new restaurants, entertainment and bring new retailers to Westbury,” Kucker said in the statement. 

Coluccio welcomed the retail complex’s new tenant. 

“There is currently a strong demand for landlords to create new, immersive experiences, and Samanea New York was in a position to accommodate an entertainment park.” Coluccio said in the statement. “Samanea New York is an ideal location for businesses to showcase their products and services to a diverse visitor audience.” 

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