Beachwood Place owners propose covered walkway connecting mall to LaPlace, green space
This investment may not seem to substantial (its a "covered" walkway and grass surrounded by a parking lot) but it is definitely a step in the right direction for Beachwood/La Place. Its a good sign that one of the last shopping malls from its era in the region is branching out with an active/outdoor gathering space reminiscent of nearby lifestyle centers (Van Aken District, Pinecrest, Legacy). A more important outcome though is a stronger link to La Place as the two shooing centers have a more impressive commercial portfolio as a single entity. This pathway/park lines up with the location of the proposed parking lot facing retail expansion first outlined in 2013 (see the grass lots adjacent to the mall in the first image).
The pathway/park will hopefully be a sign of further investment into a more mixed-use Beachwood under the management of Brookfield Properties. The plans may include more retail space despite regional over-saturation as according to Crain's the mall is 99% leased, not including the two empty parking lot facing restaurant spaces between Dillard's and Sacks. Additional retail space beyond the proposed 2013 expansion could potentially surround the pathway/park and extend towards La Place, creating a more welcoming pedestrian experience. Speculatively, higher end apartments would fit well into Beachwood Place as the suburb has recently seen the completion of luxury apartment complexes "The Vue" and "The Aster." (see Belle Oaks apartment heavy mixed use development at Richmond Town Square) An entertainment venue, as suggested by posters in the Cleveland Retail Thread, would also improve the malls capability to compete with newer developments.
Normally I'm not too excited for suburban lifestyle center developments in cities like Beachwood, however the prospect of bolstering a 40+ year old development and important regional asset is enticing. In Northeast Ohio, and other older metropolitan areas, we need to maintain the existing assets we have while simultaneously building stronger connections between them. In the long term, Beachwood Place will be a prime candidate for the "Retrofitting of Suburbia" that will be necessary for the nearly built out Cuyahoga County to achieve greater sustainability and potentially reverse declining population.
TL;DR - Beachwood owners proposal of greenspace / covered pedestrian connection to La Place may point towards future mixed use plans for mall. Mixed uses and lifestyle center mimicry will be necessary to ensure malls long term sustainability in retail saturated region.
Beachwood Architectural Board Agenda (Aug. 27): https://www.beachwoodohio.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08272019-957
Beachwood Place, others look to new playbooks (Aug. 25): https://www.crainscleveland.com/real-estate/beachwood-place-others-look-new-playbooks
What's the future of Beachwood Place? (July 11): https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/what-s-the-future-of-beachwood-place/article_10e5c58e-a3d6-11e9-9e5b-078cb4e852e6.html
2013 Beachwood Expansion Proposal (June 14, 2013): https://www.cleveland.com/beachwood/2013/06/beachwood_place_expansion_plan.html
Retrofitting Suburbia Book: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7wk423dc