Published on August 11th, 2016 |0
Pharr Road strip center to undergo environmental remediation, then facelift
The problem exists under the Carriage Cleaners part of the strip center and will require the demolition of that portion of the center, digging down about 20 feet below it and then reconstructing what was demolished, J.C. Chi told the Development Review Committee for Special Public Interest District -9 Aug. 3.
While the remedial work is being done, the DRC members were told the owners plan to close down most if not all stores in the 216,000-square-foot center.
After the part that was demolished is reconstructed, the plan is to remodel the entire front façade of the shopping center to update the look to more of a boutique appearance and adding awnings to the storefronts. A green wall is planned along the North Fulton Drive façade.
According to the center’s owners, the environmental cleanup alone is estimated to cost at least $1 million. No start date was given for either the demolition or renovation work.
Chi said all of the leases in the center are coming to an end. He said plans are to try and keep some of the tenants who have been good tenants over
the years and replace the others. A cleaners will no longer be part of the center’s tenant base.
The SPI-9 review committee informed Chi and his associates that and Oct. 2015 city ordinance requires every shopping center to bring its landscape up to SPI-9 zoning standards. It also was suggested a screening element of plantings be added between the Pharr Road sidewalk and the center’s parking lot.
The Joy Café, which replaced Café at Pharr in the center a few years ago, has already announced that it is moving to Midtown.