CHARLESTON, WV (AP)- The ways a mall in West Virginia can be revitalized will be studied by architecture students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the study will examine Charleston Town Center. Last year, the mall experienced the closing of its Sears anchor store as well as the shuttering of several clothing retailers.
Silling Architects is a local firm involved with the study. Silling Principal Jody Driggs says the students will visit Charleston on Friday to gather insight from community groups and leaders and to document the mall’s condition.
Driggs says possible ideas for the mall include proposing education, health care or research-focused spaces inside or having it completely gone and redeveloping the property.
A Silling statement says the students will make a final presentation in November.