A portion of the Raleigh Springs Mall is coming down this weekend. Local 24 has learned the old Sears building will be demolished Saturday.
The mall has been the center of a lot of controversy, but tonight we got a closer look at what the mall site could look like in the future.
They’re calling it “Raleigh redefined.”
They want to transform the mall site of abandoned concrete to 84% green space and water with a library, retail shops and much more.
It was a packed house Thursday night as the architect for the reimagined Raleigh Springs Town Center project showed animated renderings of the designs.
Plans include an interactive smart library that includes a teen learning lab, play area and more.
The site will also include a skate park, 11 acre water feature, pecan grove for a community garden, space for retail shops along the waterfront, a one mile walking trail and a police and traffic precinct.
The path to getting this project underway will start this weekend when they tear down the Sears building.
“Well, this project has been going on for years now and we finally got the green light to move forward. We own about 80 percent of the property now and we just want to send the message that out-of-state landlords are not going to hold us up. We’re going to move forward. We’ve done what the courts have asked us to do and we’re going to start knocking down this property so our community can start seeing activity and start seeing this job getting done,” said Memphis councilman Bill Morrison.
Concilman Morrison hopes to have a groundbreaking for the new center by September.