Not everyone is enthused about the Concord Mall renovation plan.
The owners of the mall want to demolish the mall to make way for a $50 million open-air, mixed-use conversion. However, about 360 signatures have been signed on a petition opposing the changes, according to the Elkhart Truth.
One opponent opposes the proposed change because she enjoys walking around in the enclosed mall during the cold winter months as well as the kids events. She feels it just needs some renovations and lower rent for retailers.
However, Keith Stark, who is a principal at ConsortiumCRE (which handles leasing for the mall now known as Concord Towne Center), feels the enclosed mall format doesn’t work anymore and he wants the mall to “continue for another 40 years” after 35 years of existence, he told the Elkhart Truth.
Mayor Tim Neese received the signatures and understands where the petitioners coming from, but he, while noting the property is owned by private owners, believes the new project will revitalize the mall and add new jobs in construction and retail.
There’s no timeline for when the overhaul will be complete, according to the Elkhart Truth.