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Landmark Palm Beach Galleria mall resurges as mixed-use development

DNMUM342694 | 8/20/2015 | Author : Pranita Kulkarni | WC :369

Facelift | The new building is likely to offer commercial places as well as retail outlets. As part of transformation, the authorities will change the passage and make it like the one at Satra Plaza

Vashi: Keeping in line with the changing dynamics of the city, one of the major shopping malls is undergoing a transformation. The Palm Beach Galleria mall in sector 19D of Vashi is set to return as a mixed-use commercial building.
The Galleria mall, which shares its location on the Palm Beach Road and neighbouring mall City Center, had remained closed for a while now. The process of its renovation started a few months ago, which had given rise to many speculations surrounding it. Owner of the mall Lakhani Builders have now cleared the air.
Sunny Lakhani, director of the Lakhani Builders, said, "The Galleria mall was suffering from losses and hence, a decision was taken to shut it." He said the building will undergo a total restructuring before it is thrown open for the customers again. "The work began three to four months ago and the building will be reconstituted. We will be changing elevations inside the building. Also, we will change the passage and make it a little like the one at Satra Plaza (another commercial building in the area). The entrance will also be brought to the front," he added.
The work has been going on in full swing and is supposed to be wrapped up in the next few months.
"We are expecting the work to be complete by the end of this year. The complex should be functional by next year," added Lakhani. The building, which was a shopping mall before, was closed for renovation, will house a few offices and retail outlets as well. Lakhani said, "It will still be called as a shopping complex, but its format will change. It will be called as 'High Street'."
The redesigning and rebuilding is the way forward for malls and retail spaces that have not succeeded to be transformed into new, vibrant spaces. "There is a need to redefine the zoning of these prime locations in the city to revive the spaces and energise them," said architect Hiten Sethi, CEO of Hiten Sethi Architects, whose firm is redesigning the Palm Beach Galleria, adding that such application on part of the developers as well as the authorities will ensure that Navi Mumbai retains its dynamic urbane character.

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