LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Renovations are underway at one of Louisville's oldest shopping centers.

Right now it's hard to recognize the Highlands fixture. The Mid City Mall opened in 1962, and those who own the building have decided it's time for a new look.

A design plan was approved in January and work started at the beginning of September. It's a change some tenants have been waiting for.

"It's due. I remember the last one which has been, I guess, 20 years ago," said Les Miller.

Les Miller owns The Jewel Box. It's the only original Mid City Mall store still in business. Miller has welcomed a lot of new neighbors over the last 35 years but he says the decor has stayed pretty much the same.

That's why he welcomes the facelift.

"It's kind of going to be a little simpler look, nicer. Lines are a little cleaner. It's not quite so high and glitzy with windows and stuff like that in it. It will be good and my understanding is they're going to put a new floor in the mall and more lighting in the mall so that's good for us on the inside," said Miller.

"When it's done, it will be wonderful, and I think people will be happy to see all the changes," said Shelley Cozzens, manager at The Jewel Box.

Mall owners weren't available for an interview with WDRB, but renderings show the building with new metal awnings, a metal roof and a brick exterior. But until it's done, Miller and other tenants are worried about the temporary entrance not being very welcoming.

"The front end looks kind of scary, and I think it's scaring people away. I'm sure it's hurting everybody's traffic. I really do. It's not astronomical, but it's a difference and every one of us can see it," Miller told WDRB.

Contractors have put in a temporary walkway so Mid City Mall can stay open during construction. When workers are done with the front façade, they’ll start working on the Baxter Avenue side.

We're told after that, they'll add a new floor on the inside, as well as more lighting and a fresh coat of paint.

Renovations are expected to be done by Christmas.

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