A vibrant downtown reflects well on a community. But in the 1980s, Bloomington faced the same challenges faced by a lot of other cities across the country. The area was beginning to decline as people, businesses and jobs moved away from the city’s center.

Fountains Square MallCFC Properties led the effort to reverse that trend. It restored and revitalized downtown Bloomington. The anchor project was Fountain Square Mall. Creating the mall required one whole side of the downtown square to be rebuilt and repurposed. This enormous project added strength and momentum to downtown Bloomington’s renaissance.

“Providing the opportunity for another person to have a job is one of the most noble things one can do.”
– Bill Cook

The rebirth of Fountain Square Mall created opportunities for many businesses. Jobs were created by the construction and the new stores that opened. These efforts helped others realize the value of restoring downtown Bloomington. New businesses and people came to the area.


Fountain Square Mall StairsEight buildings were restored and connected to create Fountain Square Mall. The outer façade of the buildings was preserved for their historical and architectural value. But the interiors of the buildings were in such bad shape that new foundations were poured and walls were reinforced.

Today, Fountain Square Mall houses many businesses that help make downtown Bloomington a revitalization success story. The mall is home to a variety of unique, independently owned specialty boutiques and service providers.

Parking is important for all of downtown, not just Fountain Square Mall. CFC Properties partnered with the City of Bloomington to build a 340-space parking garage that’s attached to the mall by a totally enclosed and climate-controlled walkway.

“It’s not about the return on a dollar. It’s about investing in the community.” – Jim Murphy, CFC Properties


BallroomFountain Square Ballroom is located on the third floor of Fountain Square Mall and overlooks the downtown square. This historic ballroom, with its painted ceiling and Victorian decor, is an elegant setting for a banquet. From an intimate gathering to a large formal event, the Fountain Square Ballroom provides the perfect setting for special occasions.


Fountain Square Mall FountainFountain Front

This picturesque fountain is how Fountain Square Mall got its name. The fountain is one story high and 15 feet wide. It’s the perfect backdrop when you’re eating your lunch or reading your favorite book after visiting the shops. Many memorable family photos have been taken here.