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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.