Columbia Mall to get new look

Friday, November 14, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:51 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

General Growth Properties, Inc., announced plans this morning to redesign Columbia Mall's food court. The food court's current design has been in place since 1985.

The construction plan, which has been in the works for a couple of years, includes expanding the window wall of the Cafe Court into a rotunda shape and giving the indoor atmosphere a "streetscape design."

There will be new family and public restrooms in the court and full-size carousel where the holiday Santa Claus display is currently located.

For the rest of the mall, General Growth Properties will add a children's play area, more skylights, more seating areas and a new mall sign.

"Vendors will stay pretty much where they are today, but their store fronts, instead of the way they look today, which is original 1985 architecture, are going to be more outside-looking," said Katie Essing, marketing manager for Columbia Mall.

She said the motivation behind this project is to update the mall and aesthetically catch up with other public facilities.

"If you look at the tile, even our logo, it just screams 1985," Essing said.

The multimillion dollar renovation is set to begin in January 2004 and end in late summer 2004. The exact cost of the project has not been determined yet, Essing said.

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