It Appears the City's Buying JCPenney's Space at Southwest Center Mall After All
|"The lonely mall" formerly known as Red Bird|
From the looks of the Economic Development Committee meeting agenda posted late Thursday, the city's taking at least part of that advice: Hammond Perot, assistant director of the Office of Economic Development, will present a "purchase option for the former JCPenney property at Southwest Center Mall." Perot's not yet in his office this morning, neither is Karl Zavitkovsky (he's in a meeting with Mary Suhm), and the briefing hasn't yet been posted, so we don't know the details till later today. But, as you may recall, back in April this is precisely what former council member Mitchell Rasansky feared as he argued with the council, and the mayor, about public involvement in a "private investment." Shawn Williams at Dallas South News noted in October that, yes, the mall's commons are under new ownership, but that some area residents aren't jazzed about the new owner: Jimmy Jazz.