MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The transformation from the Raleigh Springs Mall to the new $40 million Raleigh Springs Town Center has come a long way.
“We’re very excited that we are finally approaching the beginning of the end of construction out at Raleigh Springs,” said Mary Claire Borys, Division of Housing and Community Development Strategic Initiatives Manager.
Borys said the new Raleigh Springs Town Center will be the go-to of Raleigh.
“It’s such a central location, the corner of Austin Peay and Yale Road. It’s really kind of, if not the geographic heart, the spiritual heart of Raleigh,” said Borys.
The Town Center will house a police station, library, skate park, and an 11-acre lake with a walking trail. Crews are working to build a vehicle repair shop for police, but there’s still a huge chunk of empty land.
“We have about 20-acres left on the site that we don’t currently have plans for. We are working with the Memphis 3.0 team and trying to figure out what the future of that acre is,” said Borys.
In the meantime, residents are excited for what’s to come.
“Oh, it was empty for so long. It was an eye sore. It was just horrible. From that to this, I am so, so excited about it,” said Cherris Christensen, a resident.
“I hope that it brings more success, more development, more positive work, more benefits to not just the Z generation and the millennials, because this is going to bring jobs and this is going to bring opportunities for them,” said Richard Kuenzinger, Germantown resident.
Project organizers say the construction gates could come down at any time. The police station is set to open early next year, and the library will open late spring or early summer.