DALLAS, January 16, 2012 – Set to open in late spring this year, the new eco-friendly mall in Syracuse, New York boasts the moniker largest green shopping in the country. Destiny USA is a 2.4 million square-foot destination with shops that have already been pre-certified as LEED Gold.
The tenants will include nightclubs, a bowling alley and stores like Saks 5th Avenue, BCBG and Michael Kors.
Paperless construction has been a big deal during the building of Destiny USA and a recent visit to the destination shopping center offered a view of what’s to come for locals.
Destiny takes its name from “destination” and going to this mall is a destination. Destiny USA’s interior boasts artistic tree sculptures as tall as 80-feet to bring the view up to the third level. There are also three-story glass windows bringing the outdoors inside, the perfect temperature no matter the season.
A multi-level escalator sits in the middle of the mall, with additional escalators throughout and a pedestrian bridge on the second floor that is connected to the parking garage.
With a look toward the environment, the garden area on the first floor flows up and across to the entire third floor. There are series of trellised archways, greenery and trees in the common areas incorporating real and realistic-looking plants.
LED lights are also used to brighten the atmosphere in what has been described as a “European feel” throughout the gardens.
There will also be ample electric car charging stations installed for the eco-minded shopper.
On the first floor and second floors luxury outlets will attract shoppers. On the third floor, shoppers will find entertainment and nightlight, state of art theatre expansion, and bowling and nightclubs.
Already located and attached to an existing mall the market will consist primarily of upstate New Yorkers, Canadians and shoppers from Pennsylvania. Builders expect Destiny to add nine million shoppers to the 20 million who already visit the existing mall.
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