Beaugrenelle is a repositioned multilevel retail center with 49,517 square meters of gross leasable area (GLA) in the heart of Paris. The project involved the redevelopment and repositioning of an existing shopping center, first built in 1979 as part of a larger mixed-use district. Located several blocks from the Eiffel Tower, in the Front de Seine district, the original center was erected on a podium that placed much of the retail above the street level. The new center is a fusion of internal mall and streetfront retail space, and uses a striking new modern design to reconnect the center with the street and the neighborhood.
The SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus is a former steel mill site that has been restored, adapted, and transformed into an arts and cultural campus that features preserved blast furnaces and other historic steel mill buildings, an elevated walkway/trestle that offers up-close views of the blast furnaces, a visitor/exhibit center in a historic building, parks and outdoor plazas, an outdoor performing arts pavilion, an office building and production studios for the local public broadcasting station, and a new ArtsQuest Center building devoted to performing arts of all types.
The redevelopment was funded via a variety of sources, including tax increment financing revenues, donations from businesses and philanthropic organizations, and funds and tax credits from federal and state governments. The 9.5-acre development has become a major tourist attraction and a source of pride for the city of Bethlehem, and the steel stacks themselves are iconic structures unlike any others in the United States.