Construction has started on a multi-million dollar renovation of The Shops at Highland Village.
The look and feel of the almost eight-year-old shopping center at FM 407 and FM 2499 will change dramatically, says Terry Montesi, president of Trademark Property Co., which he founded in 1992.
Enhancements include upgraded building façades, common area and landscaping improvements, public art, new amenities for adults and children, and new signage throughout the property.
“We want to make it more comfortable, inviting, easier to use and more connected,” Montesi said of the plans to change both the north and south courtyards.
New seating areas, shaded pavilions, trees, grassy fields, large potted plants, floral and greenery landscaping and play areas will make both courtyards a place people can hang out and stay awhile, he added. See renderings here and here.
In front of Barnes & Noble, a large fountain will be surrounded by seating areas for shoppers to linger. Outdoor seating areas for Rockfish Seafood Grill and Blue Goose Cantina will be expanded with shaded tables overlooking the courtyards.
Trash bins will be relocated and some walls will be eliminated to open the center for more walkability and visual appeal,” he said.
“We want to ensure that visitors will not only come to shop and dine with us, but stay and enjoy the new amenities, which is why we are investing in these upgrades. We believe this will attract new shoppers and tenants to Highland Village,” said Montesi.
Trademark’s design planning session, conducted last summer at The Shops at Highland Village, was attended by numerous architects, city representatives, and the onsite management team to collaborate and formulate a strategic plan for the property.
“Our guests and merchants will be thrilled with the makeover,” said Kelly Smith, Marketing Director for The Shops at Highland Village. “With the improvements to The Shops at Highland Village, we will be able to offer a more inviting community area for events and other key amenities that everyone will appreciate and enjoy. It will be an amazing evolution, thanks to Trademark.”