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What's changed at the Town Center?
July 08, 2019

Merlone Geier Partners is proud to celebrate a series of vintage Town Center photos —compliments of Don Craft, who shared these moments with us.

The Town Center is the heart of the community in Lake Forest Park. It’s been a place for socializing and shopping since 1964, when you could buy a donut for 10 cents.

But before restaurants and shops could carry on with business as usual, there had to be plans and development to get the Town Center into place.

Construction re-routed Lyon Creek. Development in the background of the photo below is now Ross Dress For Less.

Once opened, the Town Center filled up quickly with businesses — these photos appear to have been taken on “wear your pajamas to work” day. We’re all for bringing that tradition back into the workplace!

The center continued to be a gathering place for decades with its unique shops such as Little Chateau, inviting diners, and a grocery store.

While some retrofits have occurred and many businesses have rotated in-and-out of the Town Center over the years, it is clear that not much has changed from that original vision.

As changes continue in and around the Town Center, Merlone Geier Partners is committed to being active stewards of this property cherished by so many.

As the property owner, Merlone Geier Partners is invested in working with the community and the city⁠ — in line with The Vision — to ensure the Town Center at Lake Forest Park remains a vibrant and active community asset.