CTW Development of Youngstown, a developer of commercial properties, engaged Phillips|Sekanick Architects to redevelop an existing retail plaza in Boardman, Ohio. While the existing plaza maintained a high tenant occupancy rate it was plagued with poor circulation, a tired aesthetic and limited parking. We designed a new building that is a landmark center within the community with excellent visibility from the adjacent highway and interchange.
Due to the high occupancy rate in the existing plaza the developer wanted to keep as many of these tenants as possible and minimize their transition timeframe. The client also wanted a landmark feature to attract attention to the plaza which is accessed from a secondary road.
After careful consideration it was determined that constructing the new building in two phases would permit a majority of the existing tenants the ability to relocate with minimal downtime for each business. The existing building was able to remain fully intact during Phase I construction, and then a portion of the existing building was demolished for Phase II construction. When the Phase II new construction was completed the remnants of the existing building were demolished and the final parking areas around the new plaza were completed. To give the new Tiffany Plaza greater prominence from the adjacent highway and primary road we designed a two-story corner tenant space with a clocktower and cupola. These features and a fresh aesthetic for the plaza have attracted new tenants in addition to retaining many of the former tenants.