The results of a study presented to the St. Louis County Council concluded that the now-closed Jamestown Mall is unsanitary, unsafe and meets the legal definition as blighted property.
John Brancaglione of Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets told the council, "The buildings are now vacant and rapidly deteriorating."
On Monday, the Committee of the Whole heard that the mall that opened in 1972 began it's decline in the 1990's and permanently closed in 2014. The county would like to redevelop the 148 acres that the mall sits on.
County Council chairman Sam Page, told News 4, "There's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about the opportunity to make this back to the economic engine it once was."
The mall property is divided into five separate parcels with five different owners. The county has agreements to buy four of the properties but says the owner of the fifth property is asking much more than what the property is worth. With the legal designation as blighted, the county can use eminent domain to obtain it.
The county council postponed a vote to accept the report's findings and legally declare the property as blighted to give new council members more time to study the issue.
Dr. Freddy Clark who pastors Shalom Church across the street from the mall, said he's glad to see small progress toward redeveloping the mall.
"A lot of good people live in that area and I think it's just important that we be positive, move forward with that space," said Clark.
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