Pasadena, California Historic street grid reestablished. Old mall retroﬁtted so storefronts face revived streets, rather than internal corridors. Project Facts SITE: 11 acres / urban USE OF EXISTING STRUCTURE: Partially demolished, old store slots newly opened to street COMMERCIAL: 560,000 sf OFFICE: 10,000 sf ﬂex space RESIDENTIAL: 387 rental units CIVIC SPACE: Historic streets revived, connected to historic Civic Center, public plazas, pedestrian only paseo ACCESS: Excellent access to 2 interstate highways, served by 4 city bus lines and the Pasadena Arts Bus
Development Team Photo courtesy Developers Diversiﬁed Realty. Copyright Don Snyder Photography Inc., 2004.
DEVELOPER: TrizecHahn RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPER: Post Properties PLANNERS: TrizecHahn CORRIDOR PLANNERS: Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTS: RTKL and Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut, and Kuhn
Plan courtesy Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists.
Description Paseo Colorado is the redevelopment of a 1978 enclosed regional mall site into a mixed-use district fronting Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard, the internationally renowned Rose Parade route. The development restores Garﬁeld Street, the city’s historic civic axis from the Beaux Arts Civic Center to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which was closed off when the enclosed mall was originally built. The old mall, Plaza Pasadena, was approximately 600,000 square feet on an 11-acre urban superblock site, with an off-site garage, bringing the total mall site to almost 15 acres. The area was part of downtown 19
Pasadena, adjacent to the historic Old Town shopping district. The downtown mall never did well economically, especially after one anchor departed and another was converted to a clearance store in the early 1990s. By the time of redevelopment, the mall was losing business to a reenergized historic downtown. Developers of Paseo turned the old mall inside out to make storefronts face the street, while retaining a pedestrian-only paseo through the middle of the development. The new mixed-use center, which opened in September 2001, contains 560,000 square feet of commercial uses, including
374,000 square feet of retail space, a 14-screen Paciﬁc Theaters Cinema, 64,000 square feet of restaurants, a 37,000-square-foot Gelson’s highend supermarket, and a 24,000-square-foot Equinox Fitness club. Macy’s is the one remaining retail anchor from the original mall. The project has eight levels--two levels of subterranean parking, two levels of retail space, and four levels of housing. The site encompasses three city blocks and is within two blocks of Old Pasadena, a successful historic district that serves as a regional destination for day-andnight entertainment and specialty shopping.
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Mizner Park Description Mizner Park was one of the ﬁrst large-scale mall conversions in the country. The site is the former 28-acre enclosed Boca Raton Mall, located about a mile and a half from Interstate 95 and surrounded by low-density strip centers and single-family residences. Boca Raton Mall was built in what was the geographic center of the city in 1967, but was soon eclipsed by Town Center at Boca Raton as development moved west. The mall struggled until the city began to redevelop the project in 1987. Built in phases, Mizner Park
was completed in 1998. The new mixed-use district includes 236,000 square feet of retail space, 272 rental units, 260,000 square feet of ofﬁce space, and cultural facilities, including the Museum of Cartoon Arts. Mizner Park features a new linear street system and a grand parkway plaza that terminates at the new 5,000-seat Count de Hoernle amphitheater next to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The project has received recognition from the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers, as well as praise form the Sierra Club of Florida.
Boca Raton, Florida Mixed-use, multi-story development anchored by arts museum and central civic plaza
Photo courtesy Cooper, Carry & Associates.
Project Facts SITE: 28 acres / suburban USE OF EXISTING STRUCTURE: Demolished RETAIL: 236,000 sf OFFICE: 262,000 sf RESIDENTIAL: 272 rental units CIVIC SPACE: Central plaza, park with bandshell, Boca Raton Museum of Art ACCESS: 1.5 miles from interstate
Development Team DEVELOPER: Crocker and Company, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association PLANNERS AND ARCHITECTS: Cooper Carry & Associates Courtesy Thomas Dolan Architecture. 23
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