Fort Dodge's Crossroads Mall to permanently close next Tuesday

Fort Dodge’s Crossroads Mall to permanently close next Tuesday

The start of a multi-million dollar project is on the horizon in Fort Dodge and it comes with the closing of the city’s longstanding mall. Crossroads Mall will officially close on Sept. 6 at 6 pm Shoe Sensation is the only store in the mall. It’s working on moving to its new location at 1513 2nd Ave. North while still staying open for customers. The other shops once in the mall are now gone, either closing years before or recently as the big project nears. “The mall had been declining and losing tenants,” said Vicke Reeck, the city’s community and economic development director. “There had been some disinvestment in the mall area.” Reeck said the retail industry has changed in the last few years. More people are turning away from shopping in person and instead are shopping online. Moving forward, what’s known as Crossroads Mall will become Corridor Plaza. “This space will be kind of a mixed-use space,” Reeck said. “There is a public portion of the project, and then there will also be a hotel, retail, and restaurants. There is a UnityPoint Clinic across the way, so it will be a mixed-use space. That’s kind of the direction malls are going these days.” The project is estimated to cost $90 million. “The city is putting in about $18 million worth of tax increment financing, and that’s was used to purchase the property and to demolish the site,” Reeck said. “And then the city was awarded $17 million from the reinvestment district program through the state of Iowa. That’ll be used for the public areas.” KCCI News received renderings of what Corridor Plaza will look like. See them in the video above.

The start of a multi-million dollar project is on the horizon in Fort Dodge and it comes with the closing of the city’s longstanding mall.

Crossroads Mall will officially close on Sept. 6 at 6 pm Shoe Sensation is the only store in the mall. It’s working on moving to its new location at 1513 2nd Ave. North while still staying open for customers.

The other shops once in the mall are now gone, either closing years before or recently as the big project nears.

“The mall had been declining and losing tenants,” said Vicke Reeck, the city’s community and economic development director. “There had been some disinvestment in the mall area.”

Reeck said the retail industry has changed in the last few years. More people are turning away from shopping in person and instead are shopping online.

Moving forward, what’s known as Crossroads Mall will become Corridor Plaza.

“This space will be kind of a mixed-use space,” Reeck said. “There is a public portion of the project, and then there will also be a hotel, retail, and restaurants. There is a UnityPoint Clinic across the way, so it will be a mixed-use space. That’s kind of the direction malls are going these days.”

The project is estimated to cost $90 million.

“The city is putting in about $18 million worth of tax increment financing, and that’s was used to purchase the property and to demolish the site,” Reeck said. “And then the city was awarded $17 million from the reinvestment district program through the state of Iowa. That’ll be used for the public areas.”

Public areas will include a space for a stage and live entertainment.

KCCI News received renderings of what Corridor Plaza will look like. See them in the video above.

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