Palm Beach Outlets construction job fair today at Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center at Gaines Park

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As a job fair is set for construction workers who want to join in building the future Palm Beach Outlets, an official vote has approved the planning and zoning changes that are necessary.

Eighty to 100 new stores will be built at the site of the Palm Beach Mall along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. 

Experts say the changes will mean millions of dollars in economic development, and the new stores will create thousands of full- and part-time jobs.

Monday night, city commissioners unanimously approved the planning and zoning changes necessary to overhaul the 45-year-old shopping area. They had delayed voting over concerns that the construction firm isn't local. A locally-based architect will now oversee hiring.

A construction job fair is set for Tuesday, 9a.m. to 4p.m. at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center at Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. 

Resumes and applicant information will be shared with contractors bidding for work on the project later this year. 

The fair is free and open to the public.

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