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Tonight: Public Meeting At Four Seasons Mall

Mall property owner Walmart is hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 about the future of the site.

Down to one business, Kaplan Professional Schools, the Four Seasons Mall stands pretty empty these days.

But tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m., the parking lot could be quite full while people file into the mall to attend a public meeting called by property owner Walmart.

Walmart purchased the land for $10.6 million, but has not put in proposal to build on the site. The company wanted to have public meetings to engage the community and get feedback about building on the site before making any formal proposals.

According to ProSource.com, a website for Kaplan class scheduling, classes will no longer be held at its Four Seasons Mall location in Plymouth after Nov. 1., 2012, and are being moved to a new spot. 

Previously, the Plymouth City Council had put a moratorium to halt any possible site plan proposals for the property as city staff put together information regarding possiblities, needs and future uses for the site. The council met to discuss these at several work sessions as well, but the moratorium was lifted in November 2011.

According to the city's website

"The city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan states that the site is a good candidate for mixed use when it redevelops. The city intended mixed use in this location to include commercial, retail, office and potentially specialized housing (i.e senior, live/work). The plan also indicates that redevelopment include a transit element and be sensitive to the adjacent neighborhood to the west."

The 21-acre site of the former mall is zoned neighborhood commercial and would have to be rezoned for Walmart to build there. The city will have to be given rationale by the business that supports rezoning it. 

At previous public meetings held by the city of Plymouth about its vision to redevelop the site, many neighbors living near the Mall don't want to see a Walmart built there. Concerns expressed included traffic demand on local roads around the property, implications of Walmart being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and more.

Walmart sent out a letter in September 2012 to the surrounding neighborhood to invite people to discuss the possibility of it building on the site. Originally, the meeting tonight was planned for Sept. 26, but since that was during the celebrated Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, it was rescheduled for Oct. 10.

Currently the only use for the Four Seasons Mall is a five-day fundraiser sale called Angel's Attic benefitting the Angel Foundation, which benefits cancer patients in need and their families. Walmart donated the site for the fundraiser.

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Lynn October 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
My house is on Old Rockford Rd frontage road. There is no doubt that both foot and road traffic will increase significantly on the frontage road. I am opposed to any big box,store moving with 3 blocks of my house. We chose a small intimate neighborhood for a reason and our immediate neighborhood has only 9 houses. I will not feel safe for many reasons if a big box store comes into the neighborhood. I do not believe our,house values would increase due to a significant increase in traffic and noise. And few Walmart employees could actually afford the houses in our small area.
Brad October 11, 2012 at 08:57 AM
I have lived in the area for almost 30 years. I too remember when the Four Seasons mall was full of tenants, but even then it was a hassle to get in and out of the oddly shaped parking lot onto the curvy Nathan Lane. I would love a Walmart in this area. Walmart should look at the old KMart site in New Hope just down Rockford Road. Plenty of room there for a big retail operation.
Dawayne Novak October 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
We have lived here for 35 years. Yes, the mall was busy, and no, the traffic was never a problem , even when the mall was full. I worked at Ericksons Super Valu and New Market. Customers at the mall were local, it had business' that catered to the surrounding neighborhoods and it did not attract people from all over the west metro and Minneapolis, like Ridgedale and Maple Grove do. You walked into the stores and people knew you and greeted you! The thing that bothers me most about a Walmart at this location is , simply put, the riff raff that Walmarts attract and the additional police action in the area.. And also the tremedous increase in traffic into the neighborhood. According to plans and proposals I have seen at City Hall, Lancaster Lane will not be altered and entrances into the area will remain at the two that already exist. How is that going to work for a Walmart super store? the mall went under because the owners kept raising the rents to a point that it was no longer feasable for these stores to operate there. I like the concept of senior housing coupled with a few shops like a coffee shop and a barber and a beauty salon and perhaps a few other stores that would benifit from that idea. It is one of the proposals or ideas out there. Walmart can successfully be kept out of here if the city puts its mind to it, however, I am quite sure that Walmart will bully them and threaten lawsuits, like they have done in the past, if the city does not rezone the property..
Glass Half Full October 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
@MaryJoe Anderson: I leave nearby and would hope that my patronage of Walmart would NOT make me an "undesirable customer" nor neighbor in the community. Change is good. If our community doesn't grow and adapt, it will die (Kmart, Four Seasons), etc. I have two young boys growing up in Dist. 281 and I wouldn't mind them finding a job at a future Walmart (although 2030 is a bit far off in the City's playbook). I would welcome Walmart to the neighborhood.
Glass Half Full October 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@Dawayne and others who think this will type of addition will ONLY bring in the riff-raff... perhaps if the LOCALS get behind Walmart, support it and SHOP local again, even if it IS a big chain store, will see that a Walmart, near a VERY busy 169, will bring value and dollars back where it is so badly needed (in a failing small business economy). Again, I am stressing that those of us who already have to drive to Walmart (and yes, shop there regularly) - would WELCOME the addition and do not classify ourselves by {namecalling} riff-raff, low life. The one in MG has proven that wrong, as has the addition of the very nice White Castle (also argued for the same bias brought up here).

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