Eastwood Mall in Niles to get makeover
August 12, 2016
By VIRGINIA SHANK , Tribune Chronicle
NILES – Eastwood Mall will undergo a makeover in coming months that will include a new main entrance facade, new lighting fixtures and new carpeting throughout, according to company officials.
The multi-million dollar project is expected to be wrapped up by mid-October, in time for the holiday shopping season, said Anthony Cafaro Jr., co-president of mall owner Cafaro Co. of Niles.
“It will give the mall an entirely fresh, clean, modern look,” Cafaro said. “I think the mall looks good already, but we don’t want to wait. We want to be proactive.”
Cafaro said, in fact, it is the company’s goal to refresh or rehab their shopping centers about every 10 years. That becomes even more of a focus with the flagship property, now attached to the corporate headquarters, which opened earlier this year.
“Having the new hotels open and having our new office building here and the fact that we are just walking through the mall everyday, we probably pay a little more attention and take a little more pride in it,” Cafaro said.
The mall was last upgraded in 2006.
The latest plans include a refurbished front entrance near the food court, all new carpeting, new lighting fixtures using LED lighting, installation of soft-seating areas in the concourses, and the addition of new exterior entrances for several mall in-line stores.
Along with the renovation, Cafaro said a $100,000 project is under way to power wash the mall’s exterior.
Joe Bell, Cafaro Co. spokesman, said workers have been tuckpointing – a process to remove and replace deteriorated, damaged or missing mortar between brick, block, stone and other masonry surfaces – of the main building.
Much of the parking area is being repaved, with nearly $1 million invested in new asphalt, sealing and striping work.
There are also plans to upgrade some landscaping this fall.
A 10-by-21 foot, high-resolution LED video screen, which is being constructed and installed by Canfield-based LED3 to the right of the main entrance doors, will be used to display both still and full-motion video advertising for mall tenants and events.
The northeast entrance of the mall, close to Target and JCPenney, will be refurbished to include the outward-facing entrances to two tenant spaces. Bell explained that design is attractive to businesses that might be considered sole destinations by customers looking to make a single stop without having to go inside the mall.
“There will also be internal entrances that allow access from the mall concourse,” Bell noted. “We’ve found that this design is popular for certain stores and restaurants at our Millcreek Mall in Erie, Pa.”
He said aesthetic upgrades also will be made to other mall entrances, such as the one near Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.
“The overall effect of this latest round of renovation will be to create an atmosphere that is fresher, brighter and more inviting to our guests,” Bell said.
In October 2014, Cafaro Co., founded in 1949 in Youngstown, made official its plans to move its headquarters to the Eastwood Mall after operating at its Belmont Avenue location for nearly 50 years.
At the time, the company announced that the multiphase, $30 million building project would include construction of a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel on the mall site previously occupied by the Eastwood Expo Center that was torn down, and a new events center.
The hotel is scheduled to open in September and the events center is expected to be in operation next summer.