The Washington Mall is an open air mall with two levels of shopping areas, and has working escalators, 2 nonworking elevators that also appear in the garage, and a rooftop parking lot accessible by a spiral ramp on the northeastern corner of the mall. Nevertheless, the mall's two stairwells meant to connect all three levels of the mall are blocked by yellow tape. Some vehicles will also spawn in the parking lot as well. A Unique Stunt Jump, a rampage, and a Shotgun are also located here.
The mall is seemingly based on the real life Aventura Mall in Miami.
Vice City Stories
In 1984, the setting of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the mall does not exist; instead, the player finds a largely vacant lot with minimal construction work and an Empire Building lot, this could be a reference that the mall construction may have started on 1984.
The interior of Washington Mall, GTA Vice City.
The vacant lot circa 1984 in GTA Vice City Stories (as viewed to the southwest), where Washington Mall would have been built two years later.