$1.1 billion Tri-County mall redevelopment seeks new architectural firm

SPRINGDALE, Ohio — One of Tri-State’s biggest developments may soon have a new architect at the helm.

Project managers for the $1.1 billion Tri-County Mall redevelopment said Wednesday they were looking to hire a local company to cut costs while maintaining speed and quality.

BHDP Architects, the architectural firm that designed a second floor for the mall when it expanded in 1990, was initially hired for the redevelopment.

Kash Shaikh, CEO of BSB Group International, which developed the branding for the project, said BHDP helped lay the groundwork for site planning.

“As the project enters the construction phase, they will re-open bids for a new lead architect to help drive construction,” Shaikh said.

BHDP will remain on board to help with the transition from one company to another.

Springdale Mayor Doug Webster said he learned of the change Wednesday afternoon.

“Our director of economic development was in touch this afternoon. Everything was on full blast. Looking forward to seeing you on June 14 for the planning commission meeting,” Webster said. “It’s not serious.”

Although it will have a mix of uses, the renovated Tri-County Mall will essentially be an amenity-rich apartment community when developers complete construction in 10 to 12 years.

The developers told WCPO 9 News in May that there would be two concert halls, hotels, around 2,200 apartments and restaurants. Webster said the project presents an opportunity for Springdale.

“Tri-County has gone into the reservoir for the last few years so to speak. It’s had a ripple effect throughout the district there,” Webster said. “We think this (development) will create a lot of jobs. Good for the tax base. We think surrounding communities will benefit.”

The developers meet with the Springdale Planning Commission on June 14 to present the final site plan.

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