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Open house being held for community input on the future of Jamestown Mall site

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outside of the Jamestown mall (Credit: KMOV) outside of the Jamestown mall (Credit: KMOV)

If you have an opinion about the future state of the old Jamestown Mall site, an open house being held on Monday is the place to voice it.  

The mall has been closed for three years, and has become an eyesore  overtaken by mold, graffiti, plants and wildlife. St. Louis County is taking steps to acquire the entire site, and wants to know what the public thinks the best use of the space is. 

They are holding an open forum at Christian Hospital Northeast from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 Monday night. 

Those who attend the open house will be able to share their ideas with County Executive Steve Stenger, the County Economic Development Partnership and County Port Authority.

The county wants to hear suggestions from the people who live near the site because it affects them most, and Stenger said another mall will not be replacing the old one.

“I think that an additional mall would be difficult to sustain and I think that we’re seeing other malls that are having issues as well, so we don’t want to see that type of situation develop again,” said Stenger. 

Stenger will also discuss the history of the Jamestown Mall and the next steps in the re-purposing of the site, in addition to listening to attendees’ ideas. Stenger said he wants the new space to bring more jobs to North County and have long-term sustainability. He thinks it should be re-purposed as a ‘mixed space.’ 

“The successful large sites that we see in the region contain things like market-rate residential, combined with retail, combined with some type of commercial office space, professional office space, that type of thing,” said Stenger. 

Stenger hopes to start accepting bid proposals from contractors by late December to move forward with the renovation. 

The open house will be held from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Detrick Building Atrium at 11133 Dunn Road, St. Louis, 63136.

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