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Renew Crystal Mall for new generation

The Crystal Mall in Waterford is primary real estate for something new and exciting. What is interesting about this mall, unlike many others, is that it is so close to colleges and the Coast Guard Academy. It is a prime location for affordable and safe college community living, apartments geared towards young adults. The Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut and Mitchell College alone have a combined student population of 3,974 with yearly turnover. Being two minutes away from both Interstates 95 and 395, it is a prime location convenient to Connecticut’s shoreline, casino’s and for young people on the move.

By creating a minimalist open floor renovation plan in the upper level using the natural architecture and unique storefronts for each apartment, renovations would cost less, while also creating a retro hip look, all connected by communal seating and halls creating communication with neighbors. The downstairs would have stores for essentials, clothing, fitness, and a vibrant nightlife. Indoor/outdoor dining and bars would be in walking distance. There could even be special promotions geared towards renters.

This creation would offer a sense of community, bring jobs, and promote Connecticut to the younger generation as a state to invest in.

Kayla Rosengren

Norwich

 

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