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Center Park Openings

Fox Valley Mall cut the ribbon to officially open its newest attraction on December 5 - a 13,000 sf Center Park. This park marks the first phase of the Fox Valley 2.0 transformation which will take place over the next few years.

The new Center Park transforms the mall’s formerly unused central courtyard into a public gathering area with green space, places to sit, artwork, and other amenities. It also features a two-level 8,000 square foot “treehouse” that will connect the Park to the mall and serve as an additional gathering space. View photos.

“This Center Park project transformed a big open, kind of bland center court into an indoor park – a community gathering space that will just naturally encourage shoppers to spend more time here,” said Scott Samson.

The official opening ceremony featured an appearance from Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, live music, light bites, and activities. It was a vibrant community celebration.

Hawthorn Mall’s Center Park opened to the public at Thanksgiving for a “Party in the Park” soft opening celebration. The party attracted over 600 participants who enjoyed an activated MyPerks lounge, hourly prize raffle, DJ, and a balloon drop to celebrate the new space. MyPerks members were also invited to spin the prize wheel.

Located under a domed skylight, the Park is flooded with natural light even on gray days. Seating is plentiful, from quiet nooks to group seating areas, and the lawn provides a green space for kids and families to play lawn games or interact with the light path. There are sculptural trees that reach up to the second floor where guests can relax in the lounge area and watch the activities below. Visitors can also enjoy now enjoy the newly opened 60/21 Coffee & Wine Bar which serves coffee and snacks all day as well as wine in the evenings. View photos.

Both the Hawthorn and Fox Valley teams represented Centennial with grace and professionalism. Congrats on this important milestone! 

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While we are focused on the new look and feel of the renovated areas which feature amenities in tune with shoppers, we are also aware of the environmental impact of our efforts. Kevin Connell and Sam Whitebread worked with the demolition contractor at the start of the project to mandate landfill diversion of as much of the waste from the projects as possible. Written into our demolition contract is a requirement to do so and to report results using the LEED Audit guidelines to dates of waste removal, weight totals and recipients of our waste materials. 

The two projects jointly produced 72 tons of waste, 63 tons of which were NOT delivered to a landfill, but instead reused in some manner. Fox Valley achieved an 89% diversion rate, while Hawthorn achieved just over 85%. Metal, drywall, block and brick, concrete and wood have been distributed to various local recycling facilities for reuse in new metal creation, roadway surfaces and various other new products. 

Congratulations Kevin and Sam, you are SEE Centennial champions for the month of December! Thank you for supporting the SEE Centennial sustainability program.