Katy Mills mall to undergo renovations until 2020

After nearly 20 years, Katy Mills mall is trading its retro '90s look for something more modern.

The mall's multimillion-dollar interior renovations will begin in March or April and are expected to be nearly finished by the end of 2018, mall representatives announced at a March 8 event.

Once the interiors are complete, then the mall will begin exterior renovations and more, all of which will be complete in about two years.

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The interior renovations to help the 1.5 million-square-foot mall appear more modern will include:

- Updating and redesigning the food court into a "dining pavilion" with family-style seating.

- Repainting with neutral colors, such as gray. Currently, Katy Mills' has a color theme of red, blue, green and yellow.

- Installing porcelain tile flooring.

- Adding new lighting fixtures with LED lighting along with floating ceilings to replace the warehouse appearance.

- Upgrading the children's play area.

- Crafting better signage within the mall.

- Adding lounge areas with plush seating.

Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based Graycor Inc. is the general contractor, and Rochester, New York-based Bergmann Associates designed the renovations.

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