aerial view of existing Springfield mall looking east with I-95 in background
The vision is to revitalize Springfield mall to be comparable to Tysons Corner mall. Tysons is the benchmark! Kind of an extreme makeover for the mall. It will be a big transformation for the 80-acre aging mall. The company that owns the mall, Vornado, wanted to create a pedestrian friendly urban place with dog park, playground, fitness trail, courtyards. It will be a mixed-use community with mall, hotel, office, and residential.
Central Park and main entrance
The transformation converts the closed-in mall for outside in design concept. This is how the outside in look concept of the new mall, via Fairfax Times.
Shops will face outward. Large windows will bring more light inside. Meanwhile, outside will be dotted with courtyards and small parks connected by wide walking and biking trails.
Here's what is in store for the new town center:
- Bringing the mall from 1.8 mil SF to a total of 2 mil SF.
- A new 225-room hotel above retail.
- A TOD with 2,200 homes in southeast corner of mall close to Franconia-Springfield metro and VRE station.
- 1.1 mil sf of office space.
- Open green space.
- Wide pedestrian paths and bike lanes.
- Rec facility, i.e. children's play areas, outdoor courts, farmers market, etc.
It's a great concept! Considering what they have now: A sprawling burb with unfriendly intersections. Oh..and cars. A transformation from an unhealthy to healthy living style?
This will be a multi-year, multi-phase project begin in Spring 2009 and expected opening for the mall in 2010. The mall project will be broken down to two phases: * Phase I-for internal mall modifications, * Phase-2 for external construction of shops, offices, residential buildings and traffic improvement. Info on the website pointed to how long redevelopment of commercial and residential will take place - some 10-15 years or maybe longer.
Wouldn't it be nice one day - if and when the construction of HOT lanes completed - you can shuttle back and forth between Springfield and Tysons malls via mass transit.
image: outdoor dining
image: movie theater
Springfield Mall: A Mega Fixer-Upper [South County Chronicle]
Extreme Makeover [Fairfax Times]
Bypassed for Army jobs, Springfield pins hopes on Mall's renewal [Washington Post]
images: via Springfield Town Center