After a long process, the St. Louis County Port Authority now owns all the property at the derelict Jamestown Mall site in Florissant and are hearing requests for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the site.
At St. Louis County Executive Stenger’s urging, the St. Louis County Port Authority actively negotiated to secure all of the Jamestown property.
The mall, which had multiple owners, closed in 2014. In 2015, County Executive Stenger traveled to New York to meet with owners and soon after that meeting the first parcel of property was acquired by the Port Authority.
Over the next two years other parcels were acquired, culminating in the Port Authority buying the remaining land in October 2017. The sale of those two parcels recently closed, clearing the way for the Port Authority to request redevelopment proposals.
Before the purchase, the St. Louis County Port Authority owned the majority of the site but never had full ownership.
“Since I took office the revitalization of Jamestown Mall has been a top priority of my administration,” Stenger said in a written statement. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point. It began in 2015 when I met with the Jamestown owners in New York City to begin this process and I’m pleased that we can now, once again, make this property an important contributor to North county’s economy.”
In November the county held an open house to give residents the chance to address any concerns they had and to offer their input in regards to the use of the mall.
According to the county executive’s office, the comments residents raised at the open house were considered as the Port Authority put together in the RFPs.
The county executive’s office said that more information will be considered when a developer is chosen for the project.
The Jamestown Mall is located in Florissant and was open for 41 years until it was closed in July 2014.
According to St. Louis County’s website, the mall was closed due to the decline of shoppers’ changing buying habits, the recession, and the rise of new area shopping plazas closer to the interstate.
The RFP is available on the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership website, http://stlpartnership.com and on the Jamestown Mall page of the St. Louis County website, http://stlouisco.com/Jamestown.
Responses to the RFP are due April 20, but those who are interested are urged to submit proposals as quickly as possible.