New Avalon Mall park­ing garage opens

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS - Tele­gram@thetele­gram.com

The first ma­jor piece of work in­volved in the Avalon Mall’s $55 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment plan opened to the pub­lic Fri­day.

Ve­hi­cles were per­mit­ted ac­cess to a new four-storey park­ing garage on O’leary Av­enue from 9 a.m. Fri­day, just in time for the start of the shop­ping cen­tre’s an­nual 20 Per Cent Event.

“That’s 650+ new cov­ered stalls with a mod­ern ac­ces­si­ble mall link so you can avoid the weather,” the mall Tweeted from its of­fi­cial ac­count.

In ad­di­tion to the in­door spa­ces, a park­ing lot ad­ja­cent to the struc­ture of­fers shop­pers an­other 200-plus spa­ces.

Work is still very much un­der­way in sev­eral other ar­eas of the mall prop­erty, in­clud­ing the re­align­ment of the Ken­mount Road and Polina Road in­ter­sec­tion. Part of that job in­volved the city up­grad­ing a sewer sys­tem that runs be­neath the mall park­ing lot.

Other jobs still un­der­way are the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Sears space, Cine­plex’s Rec Room, and in­te­rior ren­o­va­tions.

Down the road, there are plans for a 105,000 square-foot ex­ten­sion of the mall onto the park­ing lot near the Win­ners en­trance, an ex­tended strip mall, and two new build­ings on the lot. One of those stand­alone struc­tures will be oc­cu­pied by Fog City, which is leav­ing the mall af­ter 20 years.

JOE GIB­BONS/THE TELE­GRAM

The new Avalon Mall park­ing garage wel­comed its first ve­hi­cles and shop­pers on Fri­day morn­ing. The garage is con­nected to the mall by a ped­way over O’leary Av­enue.

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