“We can then take [them] and say, “OK, if you're interested in Gwinnett Place, here's some properties that may want to joint venture with you, maybe sell to you, whatever it might be,’” Allen said.
“It's time to kind of come in, scrape some things off and do something different,” he added.
A conceptual rendering the Gwinnett Place CID commissioned to show the potential of the current Santa Fe shopping center near Gwinnett Place Mall.
Santa Fe and Mall Corners, both across Pleasant Hill Road from Gwinnett Place Mall, aren't the only shopping center the CID has its eyes on. Allen said developer Insignia LLC still has plans to redevelop the Gwinnett Prado shopping center, a mostly vacant 32-acre property to the northwest of the mall.
Allen and other local officials have also made their displeasure with the owner of the actual mall, Moonbeam Capital Investments, known publicly in recent months. Little has changed since Moonbeam took over the long-floundering and largely vacant mall in 2013.
In January, Moonbeam floated plans for a grand makeover that included demolishing one department store to build apartments and converting two other wings into office space. The company said it would submit redevelopment plans to the county in March. That never happened.
Asked Tuesday about the latest plans for the mall, Allen was terse.
“We don’t know,” he said.
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