APTOS — Renovation work is moving forward on the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center.
Terramar Retail Centers, the company that owns and operates the center, began demolition work on Oct. 9. The construction work will be divided into three phases and should take about a year to complete, TRC announced Friday.
The company will perform series of façade renovations at the center at State Park and Soquel drives, including creating an outdoor dining area, parking lot landscaping improvements and ADA accessibility upgrades.
The developer will also replace the signs throughout the center, and has demolished the former cinema building to construct retail space.
Six businesses were given 30 days to move in September so the construction work could begin.
Aptos Cinemas closed in 2016 after 45 years in operation. It had undergone a $250,000 upgrade in December 2013.
“The County of Santa Cruz has been very responsive and involved in the project, and this helped get things underway before the wet winter weather," said Scott Grady, Senior Vice President of Development for TRC. "Our renovation will consist of new and improved people places such as additional common area seating with shaded tables, refreshed landscaping, and improved paths of travel for pedestrians. We are focused on delivering a shopping center that will be a community gathering place for years to come.”