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Plans to Rethink America’s Malls Can’t Keep Up With Retail’s Collapse

  • Projects can involve apartments and hotels as well as stores
  • Shopping centers are ‘dead and gone,’ one developer says
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Malls Get Makeovers in Bid to Survive in Amazon Era

Outside Detroit, plans have been in the works for two years to transform the outdated Lakeside Mall into an open-air center with green space and a waterway. With the property in foreclosure and its ownership in limbo, the blueprints will have to be flexible.

The mall’s troubles have spiraled since landlord GGP Inc. stopped paying the mortgage last year and then failed to find a buyer for the property amid turmoil in the retail industry. The center’s value, already less than the $135 million loan, was slashed another $25 million in February. Officials for the city of Sterling Heights, Michigan, aren’t giving up on their project. They’re preparing to court new investors with opportunities that go well beyond retail, and anything from apartments to hotels and restaurants is possible.