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.

Comments (18)
  1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    Wal-Mart is an anchor alright. They are dragging us all down in a race to the bottom…..

    1. ted says:

      I sure hope the cute buildings on Main Street will also include a cute 1800’s style brick jailhouse.

  2. Jeff says:

    The city council and mayor have been dragging this city down for a long time to get this plan in place. They have run it down to nothing to basically get a restart for this development. The only issue with that is all the business that was harmed in the process and who will fill the shops in a city like BC? There is an unintended consequence that they city hasn’t looked at. Kind of like cloudy with a chance of meatballs when they introduce sardine land.

  3. Brian says:

    How can this make sense financially?

    You have a shopping mall with stores already built.
    Pay to Demolish it.
    Pay to build new stores.
    And lose the revenue from the existing stores throughout the construction process.

    I’m curious the amount of tax payer subsidy needed for this to make sense to those pulling the strings.

  4. Donny S. says:

    A new development there is not going to attract people from outside the trade area. Wal-mart will attract plenty of people, and perhaps they’ll capture a market share they don’t have in that area rather than cannibalize their customer base. Other than that, I’d be surprised to see anything that brings in outsiders like Brookdale did years ago. I suppose given that fact it makes sense to abandon the giant mall since they’ll never fill it again and go smaller. I can’t imagine there’s anything they can do it that area that would get me to shop around there again.

  5. marcia says:

    tear it down, that makes a lot of sense. The crime will go up our taxes will go up and it will still be a GHETTO run by thugs and gangs. I won’t go there and I live close

  6. jaded Epiphany says:

    What about the retail center kiddy corner from Brookdale – where the Circuit City and the Office Depot used to be? It’s been empty for ten years now except for Pep Boys. The reason – Brooklyn Center is gangland – way to ghetto to attract anyone with an expendable income. Go ahead, build a Walmart, a liquor store, and a pawn shop, because the only customers in that area will be thugs.

    1. Jason says:

      Also dont forget about the other retail center that sits behind target/ next to best buy. Office depot and others used to be there. Corner of 57th and Logan used to have a retail center, maybe 10-12 stores. Then there was a Ford dealership that closed 8 or so years ago that was on 57th ave. Wcco do a story about what happend to B.C. to lose 60+ shops in the last 20 years.

  7. thesuperman says:

    Walmart equals JUNK. Sold out to China. Yeah.

  8. Broken Center says:

    Instead of walking from store, to store in a weather friendly environment, customers will have to drive from store, to store, and brave the elements.

    1. local girl says:

      or walk from store to store and brave the endemic thugs.

  9. Insanity says:

    This plan sounds like a twist on the emperors new clothes, what a con-job.

  10. captainobvious says:

    REALITY: You can’t polish a turd and Brooklyn Center is a turd. Build a hospital and a jail there, they’ll be full everyday

  11. Fred says:

    Hey, could we get the Vikings staduim there. Do anyone there agree with me.

  12. Tom Robertson says:

    The leaders? in Brooklyn Center have their heads in the sand. Tear down, and build. This is one place where the saying ,”if you build it, they will come” ain’t true. Take a look at Just the Parking lot at the Brooklyn Park Wal Mart and see what you will have in Brooklyn Center. You couldn’t sell the land back to the Native Americans. at Any PRICE! Dumbo’s…Wake up before you spend millions of my tax dollars. I live in Brooklyn Center.

  13. Al says:

    Fire Gardenhoser NOW!!

  14. Troc says:

    To all of the folks who posted the meanspirited and biased comments noted above, next time do your research before commenting. New Council members, new focus on smart, long term and sustainable redevelopment, and a focus on crime reduction that has show a drop of over 30% in the past two years. If you can’t handle diversity and the way the U.S.A is actually today, hey, go ahead and move out. B.C. is a great community, give us a chance sometime. Oh, I forgot, you all live in your own reality, regardless of changed facts on the ground.

    1. Ryan says:

      With the reputation that B.C. has around Minnesota, it doesn’t matter how many stats you have about crime reduction in that area, people will still not come. Not when there is a mall 15 miles away in a community like Edina, who prides itself on being one of the top cities in the country. It’s not a matter of discrimination or racism, it’s just logic at that point. There is no hesitation in deciding between one of the best cities in the nation, or one who has to brag about a probably skewed “crime reduction study that shows a drop of over 30% in the past two years.”

      I’m sure that study took into account all the businesses that have been closed in the area that reported crimes when they were open (before the study came out 2 years ago). I’m also sure that the police is much more adamant to prevent gang violence now that there are very few public places for the gangs to fight at.

      So here’s probably what WILL happen. Since Brookdale has been closed and gangs have been growing stronger on their own grounds, and since fighting no longer happens on public property and less gang activity gets reported, the police force knows very little about the current gang activity. The infrastructures of these gangs are probably deeper than ever before, and when this center opens, who’s going to be there to stop them from going in?

      Wasn’t this the problem before the mall closed in the first place?

      I don’t live in Brooklyn Center and I can honestly say that no matter how they advertise this, I will never shop here. I know most others are in the same boat.