$20 Million Improvements Happening At South Towne Center
By Aimee L. Cook
Big improvements are in the works for the South Towne Center and are set to get underway in August 2015. South Towne property owners, Pacific Retail Capital Partners, have slated $20 million to redesign and renovate the existing 1.3 million-square-foot shopping center in an effort to accommodate the new off-ramp from northbound I-15 exiting onto South Towne property, and to give the shopping center’s 966,000-square-foot interiors a new warm and inviting design that compliments the Wasatch Mountains.
This renovation is part of the new Carins project that Sandy City is calling “Mountain Meets Urban.” The 1,100-acre space will be a destination location that will house 20 million square feet of mixed-used elements of retail, office and residential developments.
“With the launch of The Carins, we promised a city center unlike any other,” Tom Dolan, Sandy City mayor, said. “The exciting reinvention of the mall into a ‘Mountain Meets Urban’ experience is integral to our fulfilling that promise.”
Los Angeles architectural firm Gensler Associates will be responsible for the redesign and planning of the new space. The renovation will take place in stages and the shopping center will remain open throughout the entire process.
“As South Towne Center enters its 30th year serving the Sandy community, it is the perfect time to enhance the customer experience,” Gary Karl, executive vice president of Pacific Retail Capital Partners, said. “This renovation will create a vibrant, contemporary, outdoor-inspired shopping experience with more entertainment and dining options to serve the customers of all ages. This project has been in the works for some time now, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Some of the enhancements planned are a larger food court, new modern flooring, brighter interior paint and wood accents, a larger children’s play area and a fountain remodel. There will also be a lounge area and improvements to all the restrooms.
The project is expected to be completed by fall 2016.