OR Mall redevelopment plans unveiled

Crosland SouthEast Master Plan of the Oak Ridge Mall.
Crosland SouthEast Master Plan of the Oak Ridge Mall.

(Information from Oak Ridge Today/staff reports) The North Carolina-based company that wants to redevelop the Oak Ridge Mall unveiled its site plan today (9/25) for the 60-acre property.  The $80 million project could include new retail, hotel, office, and residential properties andcould create almost 1,000 new jobs while boosting annual city and county sales tax revenues by more than $2 million, according to an estimate by a city consultant.  The two remaining anchor stores at the mall, JCPenney and Belk, would stay. So would Tinseltown Theater and Walmart.  Meanwhile, the existing interior space between the anchor stores would be demolished.  Previous mall redevelopment plans had also called for demolishing that interior retail space.  The private investment in the project would be about $80 million.  Officials expect that the developers will ask for approximately $10 million in Tax Increment Financing—or TIF—to help pay for some of the infrastructure work for the project.  “Our vision for this redevelopment effort is to construct a ‘new downtown’ for Oak Ridge that will restore a sense of community and has the potential to make a positive impact on the region as a whole,” said officials with Crosland Southeast.  The introduction of new retailers and restaurants, offices, residences, and public spaces would differentiate the mall project from all others in the area, thus “catering to a broader constituency,” according to officials.

Crosland SouthEast Master Plan of the Oak Ridge Mall.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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