Construction fencing is now up in Uptown Park, marking the last call for cornices, pilasters, pediments, faked balcony windows, and assorted handcrafted Styrofoam façade detailing slated for removal as part of renovations planned for the vintage 1998 shopping center parked along the West Loop feeder road.
The new project — announced last October by owner Edens Investment Trust — will pare down the complex’s Olde World gewgaws, leaving behind simpler and more modern exteriors. Live oak trees are to be planted near some of the parking lots’ sunnier spots. (Former owner AmREIT’s plans for adding hotel and residential buildings to the complex were scrapped when Edens bought the entity in 2015.)
The 2-story space shown in the photo at top (next to Cafe Express) was abandoned by women’s wear store BB1 Classic at the end of last year. Soon, it will be remade into a restaurant dubbed Flower Child. The vacant, porticoed east side of the building in the northwest corner of the center — pictured above — is also now fenced. (Class, however, is still in session at the MISS Academy finishing school on the west side of the structure.)
This parking-space corral is now up at the building’s northeast corner:
Portions of the parking lot are also fenced and coned off north of the center’s clock tower at the West Loop entrance:
- Exclusive: Uptown Park’s highly anticipated restoration plans revealed [HBJ ($)]
- Previously on Swamplot: Where Flower Child Restaurant Will Sprout in Uptown Park; Uptown Park Will Go ‘Contemporary’ with New Mixed-Use Highrise; The Mixed-Use Tower Uptown Park Has Been Waiting For?
Photos: Swamplot inbox