Mixed-Up Malls: Injecting mixed-use dynamism into struggling malls
Today, when all but the strongest traditional malls are facing financial peril and an evolving marketplace has created a challenging competitive environment for retail-only destinations, more mall owners and operators are looking to transform their properties from traditional retail centers into mixed-use developments.
But that renovation and redevelopment process isn’t often—or really ever—easy. Revitalizing a struggling mall into a profitable mixed-use destination takes both dollars and sense. It requires a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the marketplace, a willingness to embrace bold and sometimes creative design and development solutions, and a commitment to invest the sometimes-significant upfront funds required to make these unique projects happen. Architects, developers and other commercial real estate professionals who are successful in this specialized space understand how to accommodate the different logistical and operational demands of new tenants and new uses, and have the demonstrated ability to resolve often complex leasing and zoning issues.
So, what are some of the considerations to take into account when breathing life back into a mall? Check out this recent article in REJournals in which I teamed up with M+A senior designer, CJ Lindberg, to find out.
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.