Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Malls and the Mixed-Use Fix

  • SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
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As an architect who has completed lots of projects for retail, I am often approached by mall owners looking to resurrect properties by turning them into mixed-use developments. The truth is that while mixed-use can be a fix for troubled malls, it’s not always an easy fix.

One must have a deep understanding of a specific marketplace to design the mixed-use project that will work — or if it will work at all. Owners must be prepared to consider creative design and construction solutions and to accommodate the unique demands of non-retail tenants looking to adopt retail formats and efficiencies. The ability to navigate leasing and zoning complexities is a must.

I recently contributed an article to Chain Store Age on the intricacies of reinventing malls into mixed-use, including potential challenges and things to keep top of mind.

Source: "Malls and the mixed-use fix" in Chain Store Age.

Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Lori’s mixed use career at M+A started in 1997 with Easton Town Center and has grown expansively ever since. Creating dynamic, sustainable, active neighborhoods is what Lori does best. But, when she's not working on projects, she loves cooking and hanging out with her daughters.