Demolition of the old Mervyns space. Construction of a large park. Completion of the apartment project east of Costco. Construction of a new three-tenant building. Renovation inside the mall itself. 2015 will bring major changes to University Mall, and over the next eight years or so the area will be transformed into a shopping and living urban center.
“We’re excited about it,” said Rob Kallas, manager of University Mall. And he said mall management has worked hard to make sure the changes and construction won’t inconvenience customers.
So far this year, the mall has started construction on a new office building, the first of the University Place development, and an underground parking garage. The parking garage will be available to customers in November, Kallas said.
NorthStar Alarm has already announced it will be the lead tenant in that office building.
In March, the mall plans to start tearing down the old Mervyns space to make way for the 2-acre park and a road that will eventually connect 800 East and State Street, Kallas said.
RC Willey, which added 30,000 square feet to the mall, will be opening in April, he said.
The new three-tenant building east of Carrabba’s will be done around June, Kallas said. Chipotle, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and a Starbucks with a drive-through are already planned for that building.
The 480-unit high-end apartment project on the north side of the mall (and east of Costco) is scheduled for completion in late 2015.
Also happening this year — a refresh of the mall’s interior. Workers will be replacing the flooring, adding lighting, painting and redoing the area in front of Macy’s. “It won’t be a complete demo and rebuilding,” Kallas said. That project is starting in February.
And on top of all of that, the mall will be adding new stores all year, though Kallas said he wasn’t ready to make any announcements yet.