REAL ESTATE

First-of-its-kind, mall-based concept looks to expand

BY Marianne Wilson

Professionals, retailers and homeowners are the target of what is billed as the nation’s first chain in the architectural design and building permit category.

SKSI Plans and Permits plans to open eight locations in malls across California, along with one site in Las Vegas. The company provides construction plans, engineering, Title 24 and building permit expediting services for both residential and commercial projects. Offerings include the use of custom-developed software to streamline the design and permitting processes.

SKSI opened its first location at Glendale Galleria mall. The format is designed to be accessible to retail store owners, contractors, realtors, investors, leasing companies, property managers, businesses, commercial landlords, and homeowners. Clients can walk in without an appointment, share their ideas with professional engineers and architects and leave with plans in process towards receiving a building permit

“SKSI aspires to be for building departments what AAA was to the Department of Motor Vehicles by eliminating the need for owners and contractors to deal with the City until construction begins,” said Aryeh Rifkin, founder of SKSI. “SKSI provides commercial plan and tenant improvement drafting and engineering services to the malls and tenants, which they find really convenient to have on-site. Residential customers can stop by to get full plans for additions, remodels, new custom construction and accessory dwelling units.”

In October, SKSI will open at the Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista; The Shoppes at Carlsbad in Carlsbad; and the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside in October. Additional locations to open by yearend include: Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield; Visalia Mall in Visalia; Southland Mall in Hayward; Stonestown Mall in San Francisco; Northridge Mall in Northridge; and Meadows Mall in Las Vegas in December.

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