The Streets at SouthGlenn in Centennial, Colorado had its grand opening this last weekend. The grand opening boasted colorful entertainment from magicians, stilt-walkers and new shops hosting demonstrations of their products. With many new shops and activities, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!
Being part of the surrounding community, my family and neighbors were thrilled that this outdoor more was opening, and for good reason. In 2005, SouthGlenn Mall was torn down and the city announced plans to open a new mall at the same location incorporating the original mall’s name. The property set seemingly dormant for a couple years, and when Best Buy went up in 2008 we exhaled at a clear sign of progress on the new mall’s erection. Slowly at first, and then rapidly as the Grand Opening date approached, crews worked to complete the mall.
Was the long wait worth it? Most definitely so! The Streets at SouthGlenn have many new amenities that the surrounding area had been lacking, and that the original mall didn’t have the ability to house. There is now a Whole Foods Market, a wine store, the relocated Great Clips (the one across the street closed), new restaurants, and even a few banks. A few of my favorite new attractions is the new pottery painting location, where they provide paint and pottery for you and your kids to work on, and Bouquets, a new flower shop. Above the shops on some of the buildings are apartments ranging from studio to three bedroom, which boasts in unit washer and dryer, concierge service, and a patio that can be rented.
Arguably the best addition to the neighborhood is the relocated SouthGlenn Library, which used to be located by Arapahoe High School. This location has the regular features of a library such as a thorough selection of books, free wifi, and an open comfortable atmosphere. However, it offers the community so much more. After going on a tour, we found a balcony with comfortable chairs, and a little corner for playing the Wii they have set up. Greater than this was the new building’s eco friendly systems. A fireplace (located off to the side of the balcony) burns cleanly so as to not add toxins to the air. Most of the over head lights are long lasting and require low power. Even more interesting was the air system. The air came through the floor in vents, making the circulation of air require less energy than conventional vent systems.
With all the good things I’ve listed, there are a few downfalls. First, remember those really nice apartments? Studios start at a little over nine hundred dollars, when apartments (albeit older and may not include the same features) across the street from the Streets at SouthGlenn can be half as expensive. Since the mall is still under construction, large pieces of it are still marked off or unoccupied, or have clutter. Although the central part of the mall is very aesthetically pleasing, you’re probably better off parking closer to Best Buy or Staples than trying to park up next to your favorite store. The road ways through the mall are narrow, and pedestrians crossing the street can become very irritating for drivers. Although not impossible to park close, parking further may pose a bit more stress than what is needed for people who have trouble walking long distances.
These things aside, the Streets at SouthGlenn appears to be a very pleasant shopping experience. I recommend anyone interested in a relaxed, beautiful outdoor shopping experience to visit it. For more information, visit their website: http://www.shopsouthglenn.com/