Tim Beck said Friday that everything — the trees, landscaping and lights — in the courtyard of the first two sections will be removed. The front courtyard will be converted to parking spaces in front of the stores on both sides of the first two groups of stores. The third section where the Polo store was originally housed, will remain in tact, Beck said. Also the gazebo will be left in tact
Beck, the project manager for the Mayfield investment firm that expects to close on the mall purchase by the end of this month, presented a major exterior parking and landscaping renovation plan Monday night to Eddyville City Council.
The exterior plan, estimated at $250,000 will included repairs to the existing asphalt parking lot, repaving, resealing, and restriping. Also included in the cost estimate are the removal of existing courtyard landscaping, existing lighting, the stage, installation of several large areas of new concrete where things are removed, striping the new courtyard parking area, roof cutaways, exterior painting, and new outdoor lighting.
Also the mall will require interior renovations including plumbing repairs, door replacements and other major remodeling that could cost another estimated $250,000.
Beck said the investors estimate total exterior and interior revamping at between $400,000 and $500,000.
Contractors who will perform the renovations are already in place and will be ready to begin work as soon as the deal closes, Beck said in an interview prior to the city council meeting. "This plan will make it better and more accessible for everybody," he said.
Three retailers have committed to expand into the mall. Last month, Shooter's Supply announced plans for an 8,000-square-foot expansion of its Paducah operation in the right front section as one faces the mall. A week later, Gamer's Paradise announced plans to expand into the revitalized mall, and three weeks ago, Avenue 500 announced plans for 20,000 square feet on the left side of the first section. Avenue 550 will occupy most of the left side of what was originally called the mall's First Phase.
Avenue 550 is an upscale multi-merchant market, which allows prominent merchants to have a local presence without the initial cost of a stand-alone brick and mortar store front.
Beck also has been negotiating with Meadowview Market to locate here. Meadowview, which has a market on U.S. 45 between Mayfield and Paducah, features Amish products such as home decor and foods, and Beck hopes it will locate an Amish deli/restaurant here.
The mall was developed by the Jent Company owned by brothers, Ben, Darrell and Bob Jent. The First Phase opened on Labor Day weekend 1988. Two more phases opened later.