A $5-6 million renovation will not only revitalize the Piedmont Shopping Center but the surrounding neighborhood as well. According to new property owner Steve Glenn, it's one of the oldest shopping centers of its kind in Lincoln.
At more than 50 years old, the Piedmont shops have seen better days.
"We saw how it had really been in a spiral of decline and we were worried about that," said Joel Grenemeier, The Photo Shop Lab Manager.
But store owners are excited to have a shopping center look like what the quality of the stores actually are.
"It's just going to be a revitalization of this whole neighborhood. And it'll bring this strip mall back to business again," said Jay Haes, Ole's Boot and Shoe Repair Owner.
Many of the store fronts are empty at the moment, but with a little care, Glenn hopes to make it a place people come for clothing, food, and anything else they may need.
"And allow us to literally make it the gem of Lincoln and we think we can bring it back to its glory days," said Glenn.
Some of the renovations in the project include repaving of the sidewalks and parking lot, new awnings, small gardens, and antique lights around the parking lot to bring back memories of when the shops first opened in the 1950's.
Crews won't tear down the original building, instead they will renovate the outside to give it the new look.
"Really excited about it. The people down at the coffee shop are talking about it, all the customers are pretty excited to see what happens around here too. We're looking forward to it," said Grenemeier.
Glenn hopes the project is done midway through next year.