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Residents react to potential developments coming to Richland Mall Property

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Columbia, South Carolina (Wisconsin) – New life in the nearly abandoned Richland Mall after the Richland County Legislature approved a tax incentive agreement that could bring more businesses, homes and parks to the area may be blown in.

On Tuesday night, council members voted on a plan to attract companies to invest in the mall.

People we spoke to today say the mall has been largely empty for almost a decade. Barnes & Noble and Berg are the only two stores currently open.

April Allen has lived in Forest Acres for over 15 years and says she remembers Richland Mall when it was known as Richland Fashion Mall.

“This mall had it all. It was a place where everyone came together, it was a community,” said April Allen.

But over the years, many have seen the mall and the property itself deteriorate.

“Standing here and watching it get worse is just bad,” Allen said.

“It’s kind of sad. We had a kitchen center and a food court, but they closed when the call center came in,” says Darrell McDaniel.

However, the new tax incentive agreement could revamp the property itself and bring further development along with it. The county legislature approved a tax incentive agreement with Southeastern. This is an Augusta-based company that brings many other properties to life on similar terms.

McDaniel said: So it’s great to have the business back in the mall. ”

The plan is to introduce parks, housing and other businesses into the area. This is similar to the Bull Street neighborhood, which includes baseball fields, apartments, restaurants, and more.

Currently, the Council is still in the very early planning stages. A council spokesperson told me that nothing had been decided other than an agreement with the developers.

A spokesperson for the council said stores in the mall won’t stay in the same location once the redesign phase begins.

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