By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (WCCO) — Demolition of most of Brookdale Center could begin soon.
The Brooklyn Center City Council is expected to give approval as early as May 9 for a major retail development. Demolition would begin shortly after that. The new complex will be called Shingle Creek Crossing.
“The days of a typical mall are pretty much over. They’re very expensive to maintain, to heat and keep in place,” said Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson.
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He said the new development will look more like a Main Street than a traditional mall.
“So it’s more of individual sites within a site,” Willson said.
Gatlin Development Company is behind the proposal and is seeking anchor stores.
“And we’re very hopeful that the anchors will come in. We know there’s one, for sure — Wal-Mart,” he said.