Austin's first indoor shopping mall will shutter at the end of the month. After 44 years in business, Highland Mall will close to the public on April 30, according to a notice on its website.
The building will then complete its transformation from an outdated shopping center into a modern education hub.
The space already houses the ACC Highland Campus, but the closure "enables ACC to begin work on the campus’ next phase, a $152.8 million makeover of the mall’s central area approved by district voters last November," says Community Impact.
This summer, the ACC Board will review design proposals from architects, ACC President Richard Rhodes told Community Impact. "ACC wants to play a key role in turning around this part of the community that is blighted and give people hope so they will reinvest and help bring economic development back into this sector," said Rhodes.
Community Impact reports that Highland Mall's remaining tenants will vacate the building in early May. One of those tenants, beloved Peruvian restaurant La Chaparrita, is expected to reopen in The Linc, the revitalized Lincoln Village development. The Linc also houses the new location of Vivo Tex-Mex, which opened in October.