Crews had to remove all the fish from a man-make pond on the outlet mall site.
Over the next few months, crews will flatten the ground to begin construction on the mall.
SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Preparation work at the Outlet Shoppes at Louisville continues in Shelby County, but what makes this job a little different is a man-made pond on site.
First, crews had to remove all the fish from the pond. On Wednesday, they worked on draining it.
"We actually had the Department of Fish and Wildlife come in, and they were actually able to shock the fish and relocate them through the FINs program and relocate them to other state ponds," said Thomas Rumptz with Horizon Group Properties.
The FINs program, or Fishing in Neighborhoods, is a way to utilize fish already good in size and relocate them into other bodies of water instead of using money to raise more fish.
"They actually have a boat that comes in (with) electrodes that they actually throw down and shock the water, and that temporarily stunts the fish," Rumptz said.
The fish rise to the surface, and workers scoop them up with a net; in this case moving them to Waverly, Watterson and Tom Wallace Parks.
Over the next few months, crews will be flattening the ground to begin construction on the mall. Rumptz said when it opens it will be a huge economic boost for the state.
"With the sales tax in Kentucky being 6 percent, it will bring about $8 million of sales revenue to the state of Kentucky," Rumptz said, "and most of the people that go outlet shopping around here are going to Indiana or Ohio, so this is really going to bring a lot of tax revenue to the state here."
The outlet mall is set to open in the summer of 2014.