By TESA GLASS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Times Square Mall properties will be getting a facelift, including a new building on the lot.
A presentation by Mt. Vernon Associates LLC. to the council on Monday night included new signage, a new facade, landscaping and a new building in place of the building where Times Square Liquors is currently located.
According to Lee Pearson of Mt. Vernon and Associates, the changes are to keep the mall updated and a viable retail location.
"The prosed vision is to re-tenant and have extensive exterior renovations," Pearson said. "Some of the changes will be to improve traffic flow, interior circulation and give an all-over curb appeal which includes facade improvements, landscaping and a new signage program."
Jeff Kaiser of TRI Architects of St. Louis explained the improvements will be to the main entries, including a widening of the entry at Wendy's to allow better control of the traffic flow to the drive-through areas. In addition, landcape islands will be placed throughout the parking areas to allow for traffic control and reduce the possibility of accidents.
The three new store fronts which will be created in the renovation project on the west end of the mall will each have exterior entries. Modern pilar signage will be included.
The existing Times Square Liquors building will be demolished and a new building — which can accommodate several retailers — will be built.
"This is really impressive to see what these companies involved with the mall have presented," said Mayor Mary Jane Chesley. "It shows they have faith in the city of Mt. Vernon. ... This is quality work."
Pearson said the estimated cost of the renovations is at $11.5 million and residents should start to see relocation of shops at Times Square Mall in preparation for the renovations within the next two weeks.
In other business, the council:
Approved closing Jamison from 27th Street to 34th Street and Water Tower Place to the roundabout on Nov. 9 for the Every Mile is a Memory 5k Color Run;
Approved closing Jordan Street from North Seventh Street to North Eighth Street on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2 for the Market Day;
Approved seeking bids for a new roof for the armory;
Heard a presentation of the 2012-13 audit;
Held a first reading on an ordinance to rezone property at 1801 S. 10th Street for Martin & Bayley for expand the Hucks Convenience Store at the location;
Approved the strategic housing program agreement with the Zanola Co.; and
Approved an agreement with the Evansville Western Railway for a crossing of the tracks at 20th Street for the multi-use trail.