Lynnhaven Mall is embarking on its first major renovation in 15 years with plans to eliminate its second floor and create a new food court near its northern entrance.
/ Source: Pilot On Line
The region's largest mall will expand by about 29,000 square feet into the courtyard facing the AMC movie theater to accommodate the new food court, which will dominate that entry to the mall. Inside, removal of the ceiling under the second level and four escalators leading to it will open up and brighten the main passage between the north and south entrance, where a carousel operated until the mall shut it down last month to make way for the overhaul.
The changes will create a large, airy vestibule in the central atrium area, directly below the circular balcony that now houses the mall's food vendors. The new center court will hold cushioned sofas and chairs, with colorful acrylic panels hanging from the 80-foot, sky-lit ceiling. Plans also include replacement of the carousel with a children's interactive play area, but not in the same location. The new play area will have soft sculpturelike features for crawling and climbing, similar to those in other Hampton Roads indoor shopping centers, but also some new technology that children could activate to make sounds or light up.
Additional "wet kiosks" selling food with tables and chairs for "cafe seating" will line the corridors between the north and south entrances, Harris said. Retailers along the expanded corridor will have the option to redo their front doors with faux upper levels to look like "a streetscape, two-story facade," he said.
The mall's owner, General Growth Properties, has not released the cost of the renovation, Harris said. He expected the new food court to open this fall.