Tri-County Mall to permanently close in May

Major redevelopment project to take 10 years, officials say

HAMILTON COUNTY — The Tri-County Mall in Springdale is about to transform into a mixed-use property, and the mall will be closing May 15 to get things started.

“We hope to see all of you again very soon to create new memories,” the mall’s website states.

Some of the businesses on the exterior property will remain open, including BJ’s restaurant, Open Box Outlet, Outback Steakhouse, Mi Cozumel, Chipotle, Starbucks and Men’s Wearhouse.

The mall was purchased by MarketSpace Capital and Park Harbor Capital earlier in March.

Officials with the city of Springdale said this is the biggest project in the area’s history. The $1 billion redevelopment will occur in five phases over 10 years to create a mixed-use property with new apartment communities, restaurants, retail and office spaces, educational facilities, entertainment venues and more.

It will include 25 acres of greenspace and a dog park adjacent to a dog-friendly restaurant. There are also plans for a culinary center.

Credit: Park Harbor Capital,BSB Group In

Credit: Park Harbor Capital,BSB Group In

“The site will also be home to a 120,000 square foot STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Institute serving Princeton School District,” officials said.

“This development, and the ultimate partnership with MarketSpace Capital and Park Harbor Capital, will not only be transformational for the Princeton School District but the entire region,” said Tom Burton, Superintendent at Princeton ISD. “The Princeton STEAM Institute will continue to connect our students with opportunities to close the workforce gap that permeates our region, state, and country. Creating opportunities for our students to be prepared for any and everything that life offers is yet another example of closing this opportunity gap.”

Phase 1 of the Tri-County Mall transformation will focus on a multifamily housing complex with 450 apartments, 40,000-square feet of retail and restaurant space and 110,000-feet of recreational space, including a 38,000-square foot fitness center, officials said.

“Several health and wellness amenities will also feature in the initial phase, including walking and cycling trails and a bioswale and park,” the release states.

This project comes at a time when malls across the nation are struggling to keep businesses in them and to stay open. Tri-County has been mostly vacant for several years, with remaining stores and restaurants being accessible through exterior entrances.

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