Springfield Mall Update
“So what’s the deal with Springfield Mall?” That’s one of the questions I hear the most whether I’m in my office or out with my family buying groceries for the week. The best answer is that we’re in hurry up and wait mode while the mall’s owners (Vornado) negotiate the complicated maze of today’s market reality.
Last July, the Board of Supervisors approved the redevelopment of the Springfield Mall. Since that time Vornado Realty Trust has been securing the necessary building permits and site plans from the county. While they’re moving forward on this track, they are also relocating stores and letting some leases expire so that once they are ready to begin construction on the first phase—the mall interior—they will able to move quickly.
To be honest, while I share the frustration I hear about this project, I have seen no red flags that would lead me to believe it’s been stalled. I’ve been very pleased with the commitment and involvement in local community affairs that I’m seeing from Vornado and the mall’s management team. For the past three years Vornado and the Mall have been major financial sponsors of our Lee Nights free summer concert series. They have been contributors to and participants in the Springfield Community BridgeWalk, Springfield Days, and many other community events. Most recently, the Mall has provided the Springfield Art Guild with free gallery space.
We all eagerly await a transformed mall—a project that cannot happen overnight. The County approval process is done, however as new plans and permits come in for County review I will work to expedite them so nothing is ever delayed on the public sector’s side.
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