HOLLADAY — For Utah residents who don't have either the time or the money to go to Europe, Europe will come to them in a few years in the form of the new Cottonwood Mall.

Buildings reflecting sloping hills, tight paseos and historically reminiscent buildings will take form in the area the current Cottonwood Mall stands, 4835 S. Highland Drive.

General Growth Properties Inc. announced redevelopment plans Thursday for the Cottonwood Mall, creating a new mixed-use mall that will feature residential, office and retail space.

GGP began formulating plans three years ago, Kris Longson, vice president of development for GGP, said during Thursday's unveiling. GGP's regional offices will be housed in the new development when its finished, and the company hopes to begin the development in 2008 and finish in 2010.

GGP expects to retain the Cottonwood Mall name. The company did not provide a dollar amount for the redevelopment on Thursday.

In designing the plans for the new mall, the architects looked to Utah's architectural history for inspiration, said Liz Plater-Zyberk, a principal architect for the planning. Plater-Zyberk said the company wants to make the area "much more than what it is."

The focus of the design group was not only to make an area where people can live, shop and work, but also to integrate retail and office into the neighborhood and reflect the surrounding beauty of the city, Longson said.

"We wanted to do something that very much integrated it into the community," he said.

Different forms of residential spaces will be used: condominiums, townhouses, cottage, apartments and single-family homes will all be available. The plans also incorporate a widening of the river that runs along Highland Drive, creating greener banks and a park-like environment for the homes.

To further beautify the area, parking lot eyesores won't be seen by the public. The lots will be scattered throughout the area, with one hidden under the cinema — dug into the hill — while others will be surrounded by townhouses, Plater-Zyberk said. All but one small lot will be hidden by building fronts. Parking will also be available along streets throughout the mall.

"Cottonwood Mall is the engine that drives this city," said Randy Fitts, Holladay city manager. "We were worried about where it was going. Cottonwood Mall is something everyone identifies with in the city of Holladay."


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