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Residents Get First Look at Westdale Mall Proposal
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- From a park, to a hotel, and nearly two dozen shops, developers revealed their plans to give Westdale Mall a $90 million facelift Wednesday.
“We’re going to go from a mall with a sea of parking to a neighborhood,” said developer John Frew. “You can sleep, eat, work, play and shop.”
“It’s time to revitalize,” said mall manager, Lisa Rowe. “We have 72 acres here, and we’re going to make it happen.”
Hundreds of residents and city officials poured into the mall to hear and see sketches of the plan to revamp the 72-acre property which has been in the works for the past 3 years.
Developers say the project is about more than folks snagging a sale but pumping life into the area.
“The property has really deteriorated over the last 15 years,” said Mayor Ron Corbett. “This announcement of this $90 million investment is only going to enhance this property.”
If the plan is passed by the city council at Tuesday’s meeting, the mall would be the first outdoor shopping venue in the city—an idea residents gave feedback on for the first time.
“I really like the plans,” said resident Roderick Durham. “It’s a good development. It’s new and innovative and forward thinking.”
“I’m glad they’re going to save the mall,” said resident Janice Bruns.
If approved, the construction of the outdoor venue would start this summer.