Worthington Retail on the Comeback
The old Worthington Square Mall along St. Rt. 23 just South of the 270 interchange on the North side of Columbus, had slowly transformed from a flourishing indoor shopping destination, to an almost empty shell when Morris-Floyd Capital Partners and Real Estate Development Advisors (RDA) bought the dying retail center. They hired M+A Architects to help them resurrect it along with Corna Kokosing as the General Contractor into The Shops at Worthington Place.
To build interest and encourage leasing, the project was broken into two phases. The first phase focused on the mall interior while Phase II will concentrate on extending the interior of the mall to the North, a new themed children's play area and exterior renovations.
Before - Worthington Square
After - The Shops at Worthington Place, Phase I
The mall had last seen a major renovation in the early nineties which added a pastel color pallet and 1980's Post Modernism elements to the interior and exterior of the mall. The goal for our project was to create a rich interior look and break up the exterior facade, remove the post modern elements and introduce new classical elements where appropriate. Phase I began construction in July of 2011 and was completed in time for the holiday shopping season. Phase II will be completed by the end of June 2012.
Center Fountain Area - Before
For the interior, achieving balance was key. The solution was to take a sustainable approach to renovation - through updating versus rebuilding. A simplistic pattern of iridescent paint was introduced to the existing barrel vault to both draw people into the center and reflect natural light downward from the skylights. Richness was created with the use of natural colored tile, offset by deep wood columns and a contrasting, yet balanced carpet pattern. The rhythm of columns and flooring materials, along with the purposeful organization of seating pods, provide intrigue as a visitor reaches the central done and newly updated fountain. The blending of colors and materials are noticeable, yet controlled by the usage of subtel masculine tones, organized in a gentle and feminine manner.
Center Fountain Area - After
At a recent event at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Tom Carter of RDA said,
"When we get done, we'll have the most comfortable, inviting indoor places for shopping in Columbus."
Phase I went a long way to making Tom's statement a relity, but it is the major components that make up Phase II that are really exciting.
As part of Phase II, the North end of the mall will be rebuilt which will culminate in a new double sided fireplace and Johnny Apple Seed themed children's play yard designed by POD Design. Around the exterior, the South Entry porch will be reconstructed with a new classical facade. The East Entry will have the rest of the large Post Modern porch demolished and new classical elements introduced tying the two primary entries together. The NorthEast Entrance will be completely renovated and the old interior mall will become new exterior storefront.
New NorthEast Entry
Johnny Apple Seed Play Area - Under Construction, Phase II
Double Sided Fireplace - Under Construction, Phase II
This project is proof that when we come together as a team and collaborate - owner, architect and contractor - we can provide smart solutions and unique ideas that can help places come back to life! Stay tuned for more photos as Phase II nears completion in the next couple of months.
by Suzanne Cody
Director of Marketing
Before switching to a marketing role, Suzanne worked on projects for M+A and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, riding in Pelotonia and eating at Cameron Mitchell restaurants.