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Some Norwalk photos #3a: More mall

Children on the top floor of the retail space.

Checking out the LED display on the elevator shaft.

NORWALK, Conn. — On day two of The SoNo Collection, Norwalkers continued trying on their mall to see if it would fit.

Families were everywhere in the 700,000+ square foot structure, on the roof looking at Oyster Shell Park, in what Brookfield Properties is calling the Magnificent Room and on the roly-poly chairs in the center concourse area.

The SoNo Collection opened Friday with 11 small stores plus one anchor, Nordstrom. More than 60 additional tenants are expected, along with Bloomingdale’s, the second anchor. Some of the unopened store’s windows appeared to have been dressed up overnight; it didn’t look like there’s all that much commerce is going on yet, but stay tuned.

NancyOnNorwalk just couldn’t resist taking more photos. So here goes Take II.

Checking out the view.

And off in the distance, there’s an Amazon truck passing over the railroad tracks.

These chairs on the retail area middle floor have constant usage.

Roof climbers.

The top floor area at right is expected to be filled by Pinstripes, a bowling alley. For now, it’s decorated by Cat Coquillette, a future mall vendor.

Norwalk Police Officers Mark Suda and Russell Oullette wave at a passing tot.

The rooftop garden.

Expect kiosks.

A view from the roof.

It’s expected that The SoNo Collection will dress up its parking garage with segments of pipe-like metal. Note the little pieces of metal fastened to the structure, at left.

The red panel facing the escalator, adorned with sequin-like decorations, draws attention from many passers by.

A view of West Avenue.

Photo op in the Magnificent Room.

Coming soon.

Exploring public realm space.

Checking out The SoNo Collection.

Pinball machines on the mall’s second floor.

A view from Oyster Shell Park.

On the roof.

Almost closing time.

Sunset, from the roof.

Outside the Magnificent Room.

In Nordstrom.

Almost closing time.

 

12 comments

Milly October 13, 2019 at 6:51 am

How was the police chief able to find officers to work at the mall on Saturday? I remember when he told the Sono half marathon that police did not want to work the Sat race because they wanted to be home with their families.

Donna King October 13, 2019 at 10:10 am

Beautiful photos Nancy. SoNo Collection is more than stores, but an experience for the senses. Thank you.

Sam Taylor October 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

Has apple canceled? There appears to be no store allocated for them now. Also people climbing on the edge of the roof top parking lot? How about safety

Debora Goldstein October 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Property tax from mall this year: 50%
Sales tax: 0, despite proposed half a percent promised to help get it approved.
Being the epicenter of regional mall traffic: priceless

Al October 13, 2019 at 3:08 pm

So how much does it cost to park at SoNo? I personally think parking should be free like many malls around the US.

William Hugh Murray October 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm

We will wait until Thanksgiving when Bloomingdale’s and more shops are open to reach a final assessment. In the meantime, we can say access from I-95 and Rte. 7 is easy, parking ample, and architecture, design, and furnishings exceptional. I love all the customer seating. Brazille (cafe and bar) in Nordstrom is worth the visit. Nordstrom is up to its reputation. While the style of their goods is a little mod for me, Zara is stunning.

Mary October 13, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Please, please, please do not climb on the roof structures! It’s common sense to know that it’s dangerous. We don’t need laws or rules to protect us from our own stupidity, do we? Please respect the space…it’s not meant to be a playground! There’s a playground right next door next to the water!

Jeannette October 14, 2019 at 10:16 am

I think there should be a fence up on the wall so the kids don’t climb it and fall over very dangerous it was very scary to see kids standing there

Also Questioning October 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

I guess no one thought to have security/police stationed up on the roof? Talk about an accident waiting to happen

Joe October 14, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Thanks for taking all the nice photos of the mall.

And that unsupervised roof looks like an accident waiting to happen.

That ledge needs a metal see-through barrier like they have on the Empire State Building ledge.

Marcelus October 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

Nancy – thanks for covering new Mall, but please look into parking charges. An employee at one of the stores told us that parking is not being monitored until November 23rd, so technically its free all the time until then? Yet there are no signs up – and we, as I’m sure many others, are paying without knowing this information. Also the minumum charge of 3 hrs for $3 is extremely high if you are only planning going for an hour or two…

Nancy Chapman October 16, 2019 at 11:26 pm

Marcelus, I was at the mall yesterday with a friend. You are right, we struggled with the parking app. It didn’t work on my phone. But my friend “paid” – she was charged $.00. Then about 30 minutes later my phone let me know I could pay now.

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