Stony Point Fashion Park renovations moving forward with two new pedestrian entrances – Richmond.com

The second section of a $50 million renovation at Stony Point Fashion Park in South Richmond that features development of two new pedestrian walkways on the west facet of the mall may get underway in just a few weeks.

New plans name for two new pedestrian lower-throughs, or openings via the mall, which might hyperlink the north and south parking heaps.

One of many lower-throughs would run adjoining to the CineBistro dinner-and-movie show to hook up with the north car parking zone. The opposite one extends the present opening operating between P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Brio Tuscan Grille eating places to the south car parking zone close to the Talbots retailer.

Having the two pedestrian entrances is totally different from an earlier proposal that had one opening to the mall's inside - and that may have been to vehicular visitors.

“We clearly accomplished the primary section of a a number of section challenge,” mentioned Michael T. Laing, president of ECI Improvement Administration Companies in Richmond, representing mall proprietor Starwood Retail Companions.

“We accomplished that within the fall and opened what quantities to be the east facet of the property. That is now…the west facet, the plans you people have seen earlier than the place we're creating a few lower-throughs into the mall and altering some facades and what not. Principally that development will start within the subsequent 15 to 30 days, with an anticipation of it being accomplished over the following 9 to 10 months,” Laing mentioned.

Laing and engineer Timothy Davey, a principal with Chesterfield County-primarily based engineering consulting agency Timmons Group, talked in regards to the challenge at a particular-referred to as assembly of the board of the Richmond Financial Improvement Authority on Friday.

The assembly was held to get the authority board to authorize chairman Julious P. Smith Jr. to log out on a conditional use allow utility Starwood wants to maneuver forward with the demolition and development. The authority authorised that authorization.

“What we're within the means of doing is amending the ultimate plan, which is what the town approves for us to go forward and do development,” Davey mentioned.

Davey mentioned all property house owners need to log out on the submitted plans. The actual property contained in the mall belongs to Starwood, whereas many of the land exterior the mall, together with parking heaps across the buying middle, belongs to the Richmond Financial Improvement Authority.

Richmond Metropolis Planning Director Mark Olinger mentioned metropolis data present mall anchors Dillard's and Saks Fifth Avenue personal their parcels. Saks additionally owns some parking round its constructing.

Starwood additionally wants an easement on Financial Improvement Authority property for utilities.

“The water mains run within the car parking zone,” Laing mentioned. “The easement that we want is 20 toes or one thing. It’s underground. We're not altering any parking or lighting. All of the bodily modifications, aside from the underground utilities, happen on Starwood mall property.”

The plans additionally need to go earlier than metropolis planners for assessment and to the town Planning Fee for approval. The fee is slated to take up the difficulty later this month.

Section one renovations had been on the east facet of the mall, an space between Saks Fifth Avenue and Dick's Sporting Items shops, and included new seating areas, a kids’s play space, a canine park and an space that's used as an ice-skating rink in colder months.

All of the section one renovations had been on Starwood property, Laing mentioned.

The 668,000-square-foot Stony Point opened in September 2003 with practically 90 outlets and eating places.

However like different malls throughout the nation, Stony Point has misplaced a number of of its tenants lately by retailers shuttering shops within the face of on-line competitors.

In accordance with the mall administration, the buying middle now has greater than 50 tenants. One of many latest tenants is an Anchor Bar restaurant that opened in February, taking up the previous Champps Americana spot that closed in early 2014.

Stony Point Fashion Park renovations moving forward with two new pedestrian entrances - Richmond.com