Sansone Cos. plans a $23 million overhaul of the Boulevard Mall in a bid to restore the 49-year-old retail center to its former prominence. The multi-phase renovation will start this summer and is scheduled for completion in 2015. Details of the plans follow Sansone’s $55 million acquisition of the property late last year..
The renovation plan recently cleared a hurdle when it won approval from the city planning commission. Opened in 1965, the 1.2 million-square-foot center was a major force in the local retail market through the early 1980s.
As part of the overhaul, the property’s first in more than 20 years, Sansone will refresh the tenant roster with a variety of new retailers. Other highlights will include a farmers market offering about 70 vendors, valet parking, free Wi-Fi, as well as a food court upgrade that would add a number of new dining plus four wide-screen plasma TVs.
Also in the works is a redesigned exterior with a new facade that will front Maryland Parkway and its corridor, plus new storefronts, awnings and landscaping.