The Department of Commerce is funding the design and construction of the project with $2.2 million in commercial corridor capital dollars. The Department of Parks & Recreation will manage the construction of the project. The project team will hire a consultant to combine public input with professional expertise to design a product that will break ground within 2 years. The consultants will examine the potential of reconfiguring the street and plaza layout, sustainable and maintainable design aspects, the provision of parking, and spaces conducive to outdoor events and activities.
Design and engineering will commence in 2014, with an eye towards a 2015 groundbreaking and 2016 ribbon cutting.
This transformation will not stop at the basic bricks and mortar reconstruction of the Mall. The City will support the community in pushing forward additional activities such as Mall upkeep, facade and signage improvements, programming and events, public art, marketing, business attraction, and new development.
Public input will help establish a vision for the Mall in terms of its function, use, and design. As part of an open and transparent project, this website will disseminate information regarding public outreach, design, and construction processes.
Councilwoman Bass and Planning Commission have formulated an outreach plan to engage community organizations, Mall property owners, Mall business owners, Mall residents, and the general public. The outreach plan can be found in the link below:
Outreach Events and Meetings
To date, the outreach team has conducted three outreach events geared toward the general public and two stakeholder meetings -- one with Mall businesses, residents, and property owners, and one with local community groups.
The first outreach event was held at the Re-Imagining Maplewood Mall Block Part on June 22, 2013. A summary of the event and outreach results can be found in the link below:Block_Party_Summary_6_22_13.pdf
The second and third events were held at two separate outdoor movie nights - one at the Germantown Boys & Girls Club on August 2, 2013 and one at Vernon Park on August 22, 2013. A summary of these events will be posted shortly.
A meeting with Maplewood Mall businesses, residents, and properties owners was held on July 29, 2013 at the Prince Hall Lodge on Maplewood Mall. A similar meeting was held the following night with local Germantown community groups. A summary of these meetings can be found in the links below:
Over the past few years, there have been four planning efforts completed that have examined ways in which to improve the physical appearance of the Mall. These plans will be reviewed by the City's design consultants to help guide their work. Electronic copies of these plans will be posted shortly.