St. Louis County Seeks Redevelopment Proposal for Jamestown Mall

By on January 15, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The St. Louis County Port Authority is asking developers to submit proposals to redevelop the Jamestown Mall.

Interested developers are required to include a project description including dimensions, design concepts and features.

The deadline is April 20, but the Port Authority said it could be moved up if the right proposal was “time sensitive.”

The Port Authority held an open house in November to give residents more information about the site and to solicit opinions about what they would like to see at the site of the former mall. Several hundred people attended and submitted comments.

Residents said they wanted the Jamestown Mall to be more than department stores and fast food. Among the ideas kicked around: an organic food store, an auto repair shop, a pet shelter, a theater and a civic center.

The request for proposals is available on the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership website.

The 1.2 million-square-foot mall opened in 1973 amid expectations for a north St. Louis County residential boom that never materialized, and struggled as a retail center after an expansion in 1994. By 2008, occupancy was at 44 percent, and it dropped to 25 percent by 2013. By 2014, all four anchor stores had closed: Dillard’s in 2006, Sears in 2009, J.C. Penney in 2013 and Macy’s in 2014. That left the mall with no national retailers.

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