That's the next phase in a multi-year process that began when
The mall will operate as normal during this process.
"We undertook a deliberate and broad-based search to identify the best design firms in the country for this project, and we ended up choosing the largest design firm in the world," said Uniland Vice President
Gensler's work will be led by
Built in 1969 and opened in 1972, the once-thriving mall was originally the largest in the area prior to the Walden Galleria, but it lost many of its larger tenants over the years, including AM&A's, Jenss, Woolworth,
So instead, Mountain and Uniland decided to remake the property into a whole new concept.
The two owners are seeking to create a new community that combines retail stores, restaurants, entertainment facilities, residential living, hospitality or hotel rooms, healthcare facilities, recreation and other businesses. The goal is "a vibrant, walkable environment with year-round programming," in which "people live, work, shop and play," according to the press release.
Bruffett noted that the size of the site is "nearly unprecedented," and said his team is excited about the opportunity. The site is similar in size to a swath of downtown
"We see extraordinary potential for redeveloping the
The master-planning phase -- including market research, a feasibility analysis, a concept plan approval and branding -- is expected to take almost all of this year.
Gensler will work with residents, business owners, government officials and other stakeholders to assemble data and evaluate the potential.
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