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Woodland Mall to get $100 Million makeover

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53 minutes ago, x99 said:

So, have we figured out what is actually happening here yet?  So far those pictures show just the facade coming down.  Are they actually going to pull down the entire structure as well?  That always seemed like an odd move to me versus simply clearing out what is already there and reusing the building, but it will be interest to see what happens as this progresses.

If you look at the construction cam picture above ^^^^ in my last post, at least half the building is gone already, the back half.  Here's what it used to look like. 

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and now:

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On 9/10/2017 at 11:06 AM, GR_Urbanist said:

It's actually quite jarring.

That place has been a part of some of our lives for decades. My dad got keys made for 3 separate houses, and numerous cars there, bought two swing sets, 3 family portraits, school clothes, Christmas presents... and just like that, there it goes.

I got lost in there when I was 4 or 5.  Still remember how traumatic  it was. :lol:  Back at that time my parents went there for practically everything. 

4 hours ago, GRDadof3 said:

At least it's being replaced with something. There's this large hulking heap of a suburban mall in Toledo that I pass every time we go to Cedar Point. They've just slowly been tearing it down for the last DECADE I swear.  Creepiest thing ever.

 

Yes, there is one like that on 1-65 north of Indianapolis too.   They are all over the country.    Developers have been able to work North Kent and Eastbrook to make them over so there isn't that same issue in GR.  

49 minutes ago, x99 said:

So, have we figured out what is actually happening here yet?  So far those pictures show just the facade coming down.  Are they actually going to pull down the entire structure as well?  That always seemed like an odd move to me versus simply clearing out what is already there and reusing the building, but it will be interest to see what happens as this progresses.

It's my understanding that ALL of it's coming down, and they are starting from scratch.   Remember VonMaur  will only be something like 80k sf, and this was over 200k sf?   The rest rest of the new buildout will be mall square footage for new stores and restaurants. 

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5 minutes ago, mpchicago said:

I got lost in there when I was 4 or 5.  Still remember how traumatic  it was. :lol:  Back at that time my parents went there for practically everything. 

Yes, there is one like that on 1-65 north of Indianapolis too.   They are all over the country.    Developers have been able to work North Kent and Eastbrook to make them over so there isn't that same issue in GR.  

It's my understanding that ALL of it's coming down, and they are starting from scratch.   Remember VonMaur  will only be something like 80k sf, and this was over 200k sf?   The rest rest of the new buildout will be mall square footage for new stores and restaurants. 

It is sort of fascinating, and I guess it can be attributed to the economy and population growth. Are there a really any areas left in the metro area that aren't either a) getting redeveloped or b) on the radar to be redeveloped? Even Rogers Plaza is being redeveloped. Plainfield Avenue is seeing a mini-boom again after dragging for a while. Division Avenue out near 52nd to 60th maybe? I haven't been out there in a long time. And the Grandville Castle will re-ignite growth on both Chicago Drive and that section of 28th. :)

Several times recently I've gone by commercial areas that had taken on a long-term decades-long funk, which all of a sudden have life in them again. Even that crappy stripmall on 28th Street by Art Van is almost full again, after being almost completely vacated not long ago. 

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Sears: she gone (just about). This is looking at the North side of the building, Macy's would be to your left across the parking lot. 

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8 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

My teenage daughters were JUST talking about this last night. 

I'll still get my Vans at Premier but am pretty excited too. Maybe not as much as your teenage daughters but enough.

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Looks like Gap is closing April 4.  I have heard a rumor that they were moving out to the Beltline, but not sure that would be that productive of a move unless they got a sweet lease deal. 

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1 hour ago, jdkacz said:

Looks like Gap is closing April 4.  I have heard a rumor that they were moving out to the Beltline, but not sure that would be that productive of a move unless they got a sweet lease deal. 

It does seem like an odd move, considering all that's happening at Woodland, and the fact that the mall should become an even bigger draw in the years ahead.   I worked at that store in college, and the old one prior to the expansion.  At one point that location was one of the highest grossing stores in Michigan. 

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Their store in Muskegon closed as the brand wasn't doing too hot across the nation until recently.

This may be part of a bigger plan to lighten their overhead and move to Eastbrook (duuuuuur Centerpointe)  which wont help their "hip factor", but I guess it's better to not lose money.

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I'm not too surprised that The Gap is closing, considering it wasn't in the leaked floorplan: 

On 12/26/2016 at 2:29 PM, getemngo said:

A few things I've noticed about the Woodland plan:

  • Current tenants disappearing include Payless ShoeSource (which has another location at 28th & Radcliff), The Gap (which closed at RiverTown a year ago), Brookstone, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Made in Michigan, Campus Den, Sleeping Tiger Imports, and the sports memorabilia place and the toy shop by Sears. And a couple other mom-and-pop places I don't pay any attention. :P

Some of these have come true and others haven't. The Toy Shelf closed and Legends Sports  & Games moved to Centerpoint, both last month, and Fred Meyer Jewelers is also gone. But Brookstone moved to a new (albeit smaller) space, and most of the others don't show any sign of leaving yet.

But yeah, I'm not sure how well The Gap is doing overall either. They closed a lot of locations back when the one at RiverTown closed. This spring's closures will leave Kalamazoo (Crossroads) and Lansing (Eastwood Town Center) as the only non-outlet locations in Michigan outside of metro Detroit.

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