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Thursday, April 2, 2009

SHOPPES AT GATEWAY PARK READY TO MOVE FORWARD?

Although all recent news, or lack thereof, seemed to leave the Shoppes at Gateway for dead, the Detroit News reports today that developers at Gateway Park LLC, are moving forward with plans to build the open air mall at Woodward and 8 Mile, by the state fairgrounds. Plans are in order for 40 shops between 5,000 and 10,000 feet, with a mix of medium to upscale discount, and as one investor proclaims, there will be no dollar stores. That it had to be mentioned that there would be no dollar stores involved is...well...funny.

In any event, the plan has always been to attract shoppers from both Detroit proper and bordering cities close to the 8 mile and Woodward border. Some in the industry are not optimistic about those chances, but the Detroit News reports that, "More than 60 percent of the retail space in the 365,000-square-foot mall has been leased, and the developers are in talks with two major retailers -- one for a 190,000-square-foot anchor store and the other for a 40,000-square-foot space, according to Bernie Schrott, one of five partners in Gateway Park LLC." Which stores might be the new anchors are unclear. JCPenny was announced as one anchor in 2007, but subsequently backed out of its commitment as the economy faltered.

Many missteps have occurred, and plans have gone awry since this project was first announced about 3 or 4 years ago, but the most recent news can be seen as encouraging. At the same time, the project was granted tax and other incentives when it was first announced, and those incentives expire July 1, which may have something to do with the Developers' latest proclamation that the mall is moving forward.

Either way, we'll keep you updated...

See the entire Detroit News article regarding the Shoppes at Gateway here.

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2 comments:

Deanna said...

Thanks for the update! I am a local resident in the area of the development and wish the best for my community. I believe this would have a very positive impact.

chris said...

I am really worried that this will just be another giant strip mall. i live in the suburbs near Livonia where they tore down 2 malls to put up carbon copy strip malls. Like we don't have enough walmarts, targets and the likes. They need to renovate the space and use it for the state fair, a permanganate amusement park or an aquarium. putting a huge strip mall in isn't going to draw in a crowd, especial from the suburbs. i wont be traveling the 40 min out to Woodward and 8 mile if its just a strip mall. please be innovative and use the space for something totally different like a 4 story large mall or entertainment examples would be zoo, aquarium, theam park, large outdoor mall such as partridge creek or the spectrum in California which has rides amongst the many shops. we need to give outsiders (people who don't live near Detroit) a reason to come and visit and putting in a major attraction will draw people from other states and help our economy where as a strip mall wont. also i am very proud of mayor Bing because since he has been in office downtown Detroit and especially Woodward have been filled with shops and some old favorites such as sanders are back in the suburbs giving us a great place to eat and hey its a Detroit original. its stuff like that that helps our economy by drawing in tourism.