Garden City Center, Rhode Island’s premier outdoor shopping venue, is currently executing a multiphase strategy to expand, reconfigure, and redevelop the iconic shopping center. The first phase of the plan extended Garden City’s “Village” to the south with the addition of a new 14,000 sf building in an area formerly utilized for customer parking. At the same time, the Garden City gazebo was transformed from the end-cap of the Village into the new focal point for the center.
The next phase included the demolition of Border’s bookstore and the construction of a 38,000 sf LA Fitness. The vacant Circuit City and Linen’s N Things were broken down into smaller spaces, now home to Corner Bakery Cafe, Sephora, and The Container Store. The area south of the gazebo also received a facelift. The parking area’s striping and circulation patterns have been redesigned. Landscaped islands, accessible pedestrian walkways, signage, and site lighting have also been created to improve the pedestrian scale. The Wilder Companies teamed with DiPrete Engineering to engineer the site, obtain local and state land-use approvals, and perform construction layout and observation.