Bismarck mall to be renovated 1 year after flooding
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Owners of a Bismarck mall have announced a large renovation project exactly one year after flood waters from a burst pipe inundated the shopping center.
CBL Properties is using insurance money to renovate Kirkwood Mall’s common areas and redesign the public restrooms and south entrance, the Bismarck Tribune reported . The majority of the work will be done overnight to prevent interruptions to business operations.
Remodeling will include porcelain tile flooring through most common areas, new seating and high-top tables with charging stations for electronics.
“The renovation is really focused on providing a more comfortable venue for the community to not only shop but also to work and to gather socially,” said Jennifer Wilson, the property’s general manager.
Wilson said she isn’t sure what the final costs will be for the renovation.
Brian Ritter, president of the Bismarck area’s development association and chamber of commerce, said Kirkwood Mall has been taken for granted over the years. “And we shouldn’t because it does so much for the community,” said Ritter. He said the mall employs up to 2,000 people and brings in $9.2 million in sales tax and about $750,000 in property taxes annually.
In a statement, Wilson said, “By reinvesting in our property, we are optimistic that the region will respond and, subsequently, help us contribute more by shopping locally.”
She said the renovation is expected to be finished in October.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com