Ground was broken today on the biggest expansion in the Mall of America's 22-year history.
THE BACKSTORY: Mall of America to undergo big glassy expansion
MOA spokesperson Tara Niebeling told us the image at the top of the this post is a rendering of the project she sent exclusively to City Pages. The new space will feature a 14-story JW Marriott hotel, an office tower, high-end retail, new dining options, a tourist welcome center, and a large event space.
Mall officials estimate the project will create 2,500 permanent jobs and 1,000 construction gigs. Work should be complete by fall 2015.
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Here are a couple more looks at what the MOA expansion will look like: