So, They're Chopping Up Valley View ...

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Click to embiggen the proposed divvying-up of Valley View Center per next week's plan commission agenda.
Rumors have long been circulating that something's up with Valley View Center. Not sure what, exactly; no one's returning calls (paging Greg Maloney). Even local commercial Realtors aren't exactly sure. But ... something. Involving the Macy's spot. Like, say, this: On Thursday, per its agenda, the City Plan Commission will vote on divvying up the 70-acre property at Preston and LBJ, per the request of SH Montfort LBJ, L.P.; MacerichValley View, L.P.; and Dillard Texas Operating, L.P.

The mall and property will be split into three chunks: one 20.5874-acre lot (the former Macy's location), one 12.1411-acre lot (where the Dillard's is) and another 37.9198-acre lot (the rest of the mall). Paul Nelson, the city planner handling the proposal, says he doesn't know why; the ownership doesn't have to tell him why they're making the request.
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Justin C
Justin C

Many malls are split up this way, with the anchor stores in multiple parcels (Willow Bend, for example). They do this so the mortgager can only risk default on a smaller portion of the entire property, often they are re-merged and cut out again and again (Town East).

Source: its my job

MSN
MSN

Macerich has been wanting to tear down VV for many years. The economy tanked and the project (along with many others) went on hold. Looks like it is back on again.

Mister Nifty
Mister Nifty

The area around the Galleria shouldn't suffer during the whole freeway reconstruction.  Figure it has already suffered for a few years leading up to the commencement of the project.  Or, think about it this way, look at the massive amount of development bult along 121 in Frisco while that freeway's construction was taking place.  So, figure the LBJ area willb start waking back up a few years before completion of the project.  Or at least when the job begins to appear to be going downhill and things are taking shape aesthetically speaking.

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

i made the mistake of wandering in there a couple years ago.  it appeared to be where retail goes to die.

Joejoethedogfaceboy
Joejoethedogfaceboy

I think they should put a permanent carnival in the parking lot. That seems to be the only way to get people to visit.

plfarmer
plfarmer

Black lights and Spencers

Howard
Howard

To me, VV died when it underwent its extensive remodeling that did away with the gigantic walkway ramp (which was a mall design characteristic of the 1970s -- Town East Mall was also another example of this).

Mydogatticus
Mydogatticus

Speaking of movies shot in Dallas. What was the name of the movie that was shot inside Valley View? Used the food court escalator I think. SciFi from 70s...

Howard
Howard

Maybe you are thinking of Logan's Run? It shot inside the Apparel Mart building which was torn down a couple of years ago (it was by the Infomart and Dallas World Trade Center).

Kstein
Kstein

See you in the next world, Aladdin's Castle...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Shalom,  Skateboard Shop and Disc Records.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I was obsessed with the skateboard shop in 2nd grade.  Even snuck across LBJ a couple of times to go check it out.  That said, all that stuff has been gone a long, long time.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, if only they didnt close the Orange Julius... :(

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Me thinks that the mall is about to get a massive reboot as a lifestyle center. Sears and JCP want to secure their piece right now as the primary anchors, while the rest of the property is going to be a toss-up, as the Dillards at present is pretty much a clearance center and the old Sanger-Harris property hasnt been used in quite awhile.  Heres hoping whomever gets the piece for the SH property keeps the mural...

RW1961
RW1961

I've always wondered if anything happens to those Sanger Harris tile murals. It's too bad that store no longer have the personality of those arches and murals. 

US175guy
US175guy

Would be nice if they were saved.  Hard to imagine that store torn down, when it had the best sales figures of any Sanger Harris in the chain prior to the Foley's assimilation.  The wrecking crew didn't seem to care about the arches/mosaics at North Hills Mall though.  Fortunately, someone (not me, oh well) took a pic from before any outside forces snatched the Sanger Harris logo off the building.  Still can't believe DART messed up the downtown facade and cut windows into it (luckily, 'before' pix do exist online of it also, and "Dallas" devoted a few eps to that location as well)

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Where are the photos you have? I worked for Sanger's--downtown, Valley View and Town East in the 1970-80's. Would love a copy>?

DrivinBrad
DrivinBrad

Dullards closed years ago. The 2nd floor of the dullards wing is walled off now

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Dont worry brad, I feel the same way sometimes too LOL

I thought they were still opened, shows how long its been for me since I had been there...;)

DrivinBrad
DrivinBrad

DILLARDS. iPhone thinks it's smarter than me.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Frankenmall! Not Al Franken, either. Some experience in the mall industry has me knowing that anchors own their buildings for the most part, but subdividing the plat like that is weird. And means something's very likely going to see a wrecking ball.

But Robert, you're better than writing a headline that's straight out of the Richie Whitt playbook.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

"But Robert, you're better than writing a headline that's straight out of the Richie Whitt playbook."

But ... but ... I thought we were friends.

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