Dalton residents might one day be shopping at a smaller, more modern-looking Walnut Square Mall.
The City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a tax allocation district (TAD) redevelopment agreement with the owners of the mall, Augusta-based Hull Property Group. Mayor Dennis Mock typically votes only in the event of a tie.
Plans submitted by Hull show the company plans to tear down more than half of the mall and refurbish what remains.
"We are going to be tearing down about 220,000 square feet," said Hamp Manning, a project manager for Hull, by phone. "The current nature of the retail environment is defined by the abundance of retail space. Given that Walnut Square Mall suffers the vacant Sears and the vacant J.C. Penney, the existing configuration doesn't lend itself to long-term sustainability, so our plan is to demolish that space, which will solve the vacancy issue and allow the property to be stabilized."
Manning said the demolition should begin in early summer and the entire project should take about six months.
"We will do as much work as possible at night for minimal interruptions to mall operations," he said.
The remaining part of the mall will get a new look.
"We will be doing new ...