Mall in Utah Being Transformed into a Mixed-Use Walkable Neighborhood

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In my previous post I talked about how in the future we will be needing to retrofit our malls and redevelop our suburbs into mixed use communities that are human scale rather than reliant on the car. One great example of this is the redevelopment of the Cottonwood Mall in Utah. This mall is known for being the first mall in Utah and now is being known as the first mall to be turned into a neighborhood.

The redesign will be in line with many new urbanism projects. There will be shops, cafes and offices connected by walkways. Storefronts will be on the first floor and residential units will occupy the top floors. There will also be a mix of cottages, multi family homes, and condos in the neighborhood as to add variety. Parking will still be present but will be hidden behind the retrofitted mall, away from the storefronts.

It doesn’t look like all the stores will be unique privately owned stores or “mom and pop” shops. There will probably be a lot of chain stores located in the neighborhood like you would have found in the mall before. However, the idea remains the same and even with chain stores in the mix it is a much better design and is a big step forward for transforming our suburbs.

Hopefully the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment will be the first of many malls to get redone. Hopefully it is successful and will serve as an example of how our suburbs should be retrofitted for the future.


Pictures thanks to University of Utah and Cool Town Studios

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  2. Kupec says:

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing!

  3. MonarchRH says:

    Congratulations to the state of Utah!
    Recently, there have been quite a few municipalities across the country that have adopted new urbanism approach to redevelopment of existent shopping districts and sprawling neighborhoods. If we focus on the ergonomic, with mixed use development sites at the forefront, we may be able to achieve a modicum of sustainability. I believe that green urbanism and landscape urbanism are the next logical step in development strategies,

  4. BA says:

    I can’t tell whether this is a long range plan or shorter scale development project, but I just wanted to point out that a similar concept was approved for the Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia, as part of a larger master planning effort for the mall and vicinity. more here – http://alexandriava.gov/LandmarkVandorn

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