A North Austin landmark that was once in decline is now headed to a brighter future.
Highland Mall on Airport Boulevard nearly closed down a few years ago, until Austin Community College acquired the property for a new campus.
Phase One of ACC's Highland Mall renovation is making significant progress.
“It is really a complete retrofit," Neil Vickers with Austin Community College said. "When you look at the renderings, it is going to be a completely different looking building when we're done with it."
The old J.C. Penney department store is undergoing a transformation. The 1970s-era building used to look like a concrete bunker, but is now much more open with windows and open floor space.
"It going to be the nation's largest math emporium,” Neil Vickers with ACC said. “It's going to be 604 computer stations dedicated to innovative and accelerated learning and developmental mathematics."
Phase One of ACC's Highland Mall renovation will cost about $60 million.
The new facility should be ready for students by the fall of next year.