CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Visitors to Charleston Town Center will start to see major changes to the mall's Court Street entrance once the mall begins a $500,000 renovation.
The latest renovation is slated to begin in two weeks and should be complete by October, marketing director Lisa McCracken said.
The Court Street entrance is the way into the mall from the direction of Brawley Walkway and Slack Plaza.
McCracken said that the renovation would make the entrance "more attractive and more appealing." She added that lunchtime traffic during the workweek results in an additional 1,000 visitors to the mall each day, and many use the Court Street entrance.
McCracken said the mall has been working with the Charleston Municipal Beautification Commission on the placement of new plants near the entrance so that it ties in even better with the rest of downtown.
Mary Jane Vanderwilt, chairwoman of the commission, said it hasn't been decided where all of the plants, trees and other decor will go.
The renovations will include adding more green space through the use of new flowers and the installation of trees, a new sidewalk surface, banners and new lighting. McCracken said the mall is also working with the restaurants along Court Street to include their patios as part of the renovation plan.
The mall's latest renovation, while not part of the city's proposed downtown redevelopment plan, does tie in with a plan recommendation to convert Slack Plaza and Brawley Walkway into a more open, pedestrian-friendly corridor. That plan also calls for moving the Kanawha Valley Regional Transit Authority's transit mall further north toward Lee Street and away from the pedestrian thoroughfare.
McCracken said the mall entrance renovation, combined with a reconstruction of Slack Plaza and Brawley Walkway, could result in new aesthetic ideas for the corridor, such as a year-round public art display.
Last year, the mall's interior underwent a $7 million renovation, which resulted in new flooring, increased light, free wireless Internet throughout the shopping center and revamped court areas.
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