The Shops at Hilltop is about to get a facelift.
On Wednesday, the City of Richmond’s Design Review Board unanimously approved a design by mall owner LGB Hilltop LLC to renovate the exterior of the mall, which is set to become Asian-centric, with a new 99 Ranch Market store slated to open in late 2019.
The Design Review Board’s approval came with six conditions that Richmond Planning Manager Lina Velasco described as “minor in nature that dealt with the design of the control joints, exterior materials, and lighting, signage, and site furniture.”
The next step in the project would be for the applicants to apply for building permits for the work, Velasco added.
The renovation, according to city documents, will replace the “heavy and visually intrusive entry canopies with glass atriums.” The glass will bring more natural light into The Shops at Hilltop interior corridors during the day, and the atriums will become “subtle beacons of light drawing people into the shops at night.” They will also showcase art and human activity and interaction inside, according to the plans.
Key improvements include:
- Adding slatwall panel facade system.
- Improving entrances by: Removing existing canopies. Opening up the facade to increase the height of exterior doors. Creating an all glass entrance. Adding decorative lights and wall treatments. New signage. Stucco existing concrete block walls. Stucco will be white with an irregular patterned score joint.
Also, the 99 Ranch Market will feature “an 11,000 square foot food court.” It will join Macy’s, Sears, Walmart and 24 Hour Fitness at the shopping center. The shopping center is slated to become “Asian-centric” to reflect changing demographics in the area.
Along with the exterior, interior improvements are expected by mid-2019. In the longterm, owners will seek to locate a limited use business hotel on the 77-acre property, along with a creative, co-working office space, conventional and/or medical office space, and a variety of residential uses.
“The Shops at Hilltop is being reimagined as a vibrant and walkable mixed-use village that will be enjoyed as a community gathering locale in the years to come,” David S. Goldman, managing partner in charge of leasing for LBG Real Estate Companies, has said in a statement.
Here are more images from the designs of the facade improvement as seen from online city documents: