A plan for updating SouthPark Mall could be in place by the end of the year, Moline city administrator Lew Steinbrecher said Friday.
He was part of the SouthPark Mall Task Force that toured the renovatedSouthridge Mall in Des Moines on Thursday. Southridge, like SouthPark, is owned by Macerich Co.
The task force, which includes city and Quad Cities Chamber members, has been discussing possible improvements or renovations at SouthPark with the mall owners for more than a year.
Recently, Macerich re-created its Des Moines mall into a mixed-use development that includes retail, education and residential.
Mr. Steinbrecher said task force members met with a Macerich official Thursday who has been designated by the company to undertake the revival and renovation of SouthPark.
At this point, nothing is designed or planned for SouthPark, but the task force hopes a plan will be in place by the end of the year, he said.
Mr. Steinbrecher said the tour gave task force members a sense of the work done at Southridge, how a mall can be renovated, and a sense of the care Macerich took with its anchor tenants "which will obviously be important for SouthPark."
The task force also discussed how direct access on and off John Deere Road would help SouthPark.
"There are no concepts or schematics developed yet, but is obviously important to Macerich so it will be important to the city," Mr. Steinbrecher said.
"It was a good meeting," he said. "We are pleased Macerich has SouthPark, not only on its radar but plan to give it attention in the upcoming year. Hopefully, things will continue to progress and we will know what direction Macerich is headed in later this year."
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.