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Citadel Mall Makeover Plan

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Citadel Mall ain’t what she used to be. With entire wings all but empty and non-retail tenants moving in, it’s not exactly the shopping destination that some of us remember from high school. Nothing against the shops that remain, but the indoor mall might be an idea whose time has passed. Malls around the country are dying off, as documented at Deadmalls.com, and while Citadel Mall is doing better than others, it could definitely use a little TLC. Enter the City of Charleston with a bold (read: controversial) plan to tear up the middle of the mall, keep most of the anchor tenants, and reinvent the space as an outdoor shopping district and town center, a la Mt. Pleasant’s Towne Centre. The plan, unveiled in October, includes a public swimming pool, a hotel, a park, and residential and office spaces along a brand-new street. Last we heard, the plan still had some kinks that needed ironing out (including a motion to demolish the Sears), but all in all, we’re glad to see city planners thinking seriously about how to revitalize the area near the busy intersection of I-526 and US-17.
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