Big changes are starting to happen at the Tallahassee Mall.
Just a few weeks ago, the city of Tallahassee granted the developers conditional approval for the first phase of mall reconstruction.
Walk into the front entrance of the Tallahassee Mall on the Monroe Street and virtually every store front is closed.
In May, a furniture store was open there.
Now, like most every other business, it's closed.
It's all to make way for some major reconstruction.
"We're very excited about the opportunities that the redevelopment presents. It's something our city has needed a long time," said Keith Burnsed.
Burnsed is part of the city of Tallahassee's team involved the permitting for the mall's redevelopment.
He says the plans include a change to the John Knox Road entrance to the mall.
"The major change in terms of access points is this roundabout area here. Now you come and it's a t-intersection," Burnsed said.
Other conditionally approved plans for redevelopment include outside street and sidewalk access right through the middle of the current mall from both John Knox Road and Monroe Street.
Plans have those alley ways ending at a new amphitheater for community events.
Already there's internal demolition taking place at the old Dillard's Department Store.
As a result, there are currently only twelve businesses open in the mall.
According to signs in the mall, all those changes are expected to be done by this coming spring.
"That's what they've told us is the anticipated timeline and we're looking forward to working with them to help them make that goal," said Burnsed.
Eyewitness News called the developer, Blackwater Resources headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, to ask about the changes and what new stores may be added to the mall.
So far, there's been no response.
By: Lanetra Bennett
July 17, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - It's sold. The Tallahassee Mall now has a new owner. The property was sold Wednesday.
Store closing signs and empty spaces make up much of the Tallahassee Mall.
The building has been sold, and many store tenants were given weeks notice that they had to leave.
But, city officials say Blackwater Resources, LLC's demolition plan is for only a portion of the mall.
Mike Memom's business, Watch Plus, is located toward the movie theater. He was told he can stay. He says, "Some people they wanted to stay, but, they don't have a room for them, and that is very sad. They had been here a long time. They want to stay, but, they are not accommodating them."
City officials say the developer's plans for remodeling are in the very early stages, but seem to include outdoor shopping areas, restaurants, and an amphitheater.
Tallahassee resident Arthur Branch says, "That's good news. From my understanding, it was closing; that they were going to tear it down and build something else here. But, to remodel the mall, that'll be great for this area."
The mall was opened in 1971.
Some stores will remain throughout the changes, such as AMC Theaters and Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
Specific details about the sale have not been released. The company is out of Birmingham, Alabama.
The mall is still open. A timeline for remodeling has not been set.