CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Town Center Mall's Court Street entrance is the mall's next target for renovation.The mall is putting $800,000 into the project, general manager Thomas Bird announced Wednesday morning during a press conference at the mall.Last year, the mall spent $7 million for interior upgrades including Wi-Fi access and new flooring. Bird said the improvements were well received by patrons, and now it is time for the outside to match."We're continuing to upgrade," Bird said. "You always do things to have a better mall."The outside improvements include replacing all concrete surfaces between JCPenney and Five Guys Burgers & Fries, increasing the size of sidewalks, adding more green space, removing the loading zone at Tidewater Grill, adding more privacy for restaurant patios and improving accessibility of the pickup lane at Chili's and Outback Steakhouse.Bird hopes to have all the upgrades complete by Nov. 1. He said the Court Street entrance has barely been touched since the mall opened in 1983.
"We're going to make it an easier place to walk," he said. "At night we want it to look inviting, really friendly."Eleven street lights will be added. All surfaces and ramps will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act 2010 standards. The new concrete surfaces are to be treated with a brush technique, and a stained concrete walkway will be added to enhance the overall look of the Court Street entrance. Recently, Outback Steakhouse remolded its interior and made outside improvements.The mall also plans to replace half of the facility's roof this year and half next year.The mall has 10 small spaces available for lease.Reach Caitlin Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5113.