The Belmont commercial storefronts should have very attractive, traditional awnings as you see in Manhattan, Westchester, Europe and elsewhere. These traditional awnings are back in style. The half round awnings with big, loud and gaudy signs are outdated. Those awnings scream low class.
Pretty and attractive storefront attract tourists, customers and residents. Make the storefronts fashionable and chic.
As much as I appreciate the stores in this mall I always find myself thinking that whoever designed this thing HAS to be on drugs because this the the worst layout/setup for a shopping mall I have ever seen (Including Third World Country Malls).
So much wasted space and what’s up with walking through a giant parking lot to reach another store!? Whoever gave this design the green light should be forced to shop there exclusively… On foot and in the middle of winter. LMAO
In modeling the sprawling complex on the typical suburban big box slum, developer Related Companies seems to have made a tactical error. From a Times piece featuring Related honcho Glenn Goldstein:
Mr. Goldstein said that Related originally expected about 40 percent of the mall’s customers to arrive by public transportation, but so far a majority of customers had been traveling this way. Livery cab service is available for shoppers who make bulky purchases, and some stores, like Best Buy and Home Depot, provide delivery for a fee.
Who would have thought that a shopping center served by subway lines and city buses would attract so many transit-riding customers? Not Goldstein and company, whose 2,800 parking spots are proving to this point to be a lot of wasted space (likely in part because parking isn’t free). Unfortunately, Related went all in with its auto-driven design by making entrance points unwelcoming to shoppers arriving on foot, as shown in these Streetsblog photo pool contributions from Jacob-uptown. Imagine how many more people would walk here if they had actually made this a walkable environment.
Today, in a Times feature story on the Bloomberg administration’s development policies, former planning commissioner Ron Shiffman said the mayor has “failed to steer” the city’s most recent building boom. The real estate cycle may be cratering now, but eventually it will swing back up. When it does, will New York be ready to steer investment toward walkable development that matches the sustainability and transportation goals of PlaNYC? Or will we get swamped by even more Gateway Centers?
More pics, with commentary from the photographer, after the jump.
"The awful mall actually has some nice wide sidewalks, perfect for vendors,
The developer of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which would turn the armory into one of the world’s largest indoor skating centers, may use the federal EB-5 program to pool funds from wealthy international lenders in exchange for putting them on a path to U.S. citizenship.
The program provides developers with cheap capital, placing a relatively low interest rate on the funds, then in exchange grants lenders EB-5 visas. The program has proved particularly popular in China in recent years, where a growing upper-class increasingly looks to maneuver in the U.S. market, Crain’s reported.
“There’s a lot of interest in lending to quality projects,” Kevin Parker, founder and chairman of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which is managing the conversion project, told Crain’s. “But this is a project that is in a geographical area that qualifies for EB-5 and that is definitely something we’re considering.” Parker added that he hopes to arrange financing by the end of the year.
Other projects turning to the EB-5 program lately include BFC Partners’ $230 million outlet mall in Staten Island’s St. George and the Related Companies’ plan to cover part of its $750 million tab at Hudson Yards with the program. [Crain’s] — Julie Strickland
I got all excited thinking of the possibilities for that huge space when I saw it empty. Oh well… Welcome back I guess.