March 21, 2017
Some cities are finding new life after failed downtown malls are razed. In Worcester, MA, the Galleria mall opened in the early 1970s as a huge mixed-use complex. It was re-launched in the mid-1990s as an outlet mall. It closed for good in 2006. The mall was demolished in 2010, and now the site is home to an office building and a cancer center. An apartment complex and hotel are going north, and trains to Boston are nearby on a rebuilt downtown street.
Similar incidents are taking place in Burlington, VT, where a $235-million project will replace part of a 1970s-era downtown mall, and in Green Bay, WI, which knocked down a mall for a $50 million headquarters for Schreiber Foods. City leaders suggest that without the failed malls in the way, there is more room for infrastructure and sustainable development, and rediscovering a city’s charm and personality.
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