CLAYTON (KMOX) – A legislator promises plans for a $300-million revamp of Jamestown Mall don’t include any public subsidies, incentives or tax breaks.
At least not yet.
St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara said the only taxpayer spending was on researching the proposal.
“It was about a hundred-thousand, I believe, to hire Dover to come in here and do the study,” he said Tuesday.
The ambitious, 15-year plan for the site would have people living above businesses, walking to work and shopping.
It’s an urban-centric, mixed-use vision for a site almost as big as the French Quarter district of New Orleans.
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Jamestown is mostly empty, but still open. Meantime, nearby Northwest Plaza is completely closed and shuttered.
So does Jamestown deserve all the love?
“If you look at the demographics between spending and household incomes, it shows you in the plan that there’s expendable money here, in the Jamestown Mall area,” O’Mara said.
He also noted that Jamestown is in unincorporated St. Louis County. Northwest Plaza is in St. Ann and also-struggling Crestwood Court is in the city of Crestwood.
Responding to complaints from the mall’s current tenants that they’ve been left out of negotations and planning, O’Mara said that local shops would certainly be the selling point of any new development.
An ordinance outlining the master plan is expected to come before County Council members within the next month.
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