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Amanda Butterfield ReportingThe Cottonwood Mall was Utah's first mall, and back in the day, it was quite a place. Lately though, it is looking more like a ghost town. A multi-million dollar plan to renovate the site was announced Thursday, though, and the new plans look nothing like the old mall.
First of all, it won't be called Cottonwood Mall any more, just Cottonwood. We received pictures of what it will look like. We showed them to shoppers to hear what they think about it.
Roger Nichols says, "I like it, I think that will be neat."
Yvette Bobbio says, "I think this will attract a lot of people. I think it's a good idea."
Fifty-seven acres of Cottonwood will soon turn into shops, restaurants, condos, office space and more. There will be a central tower, gardens, a river walk, and it will all be pedestrian friendly, with a strong community feel.
Nichols said, "What a unique style. Is this San Francisco? Is this, what is this?"
Bobbio said, "This reminds me of places in Europe; I've been to Italy."
That's what developers want.
Kris Longson, with General Growth Properties, said, "It's going to have a very quaint feeling. It's going to have a place where people love to come and shop, dine, just hang out, walk around be with their families, walk their pets."
Cottonwood Mall has been around for 45 years and was once a bustling shopping area, but not anymore. Several stores have moved out. The ones still here are on a month-to-month lease.
Macy's will be the only store we know of that will stay. There's no word yet on what restaurants or other shops will move in. The only taxpayer money that will go into it will be for things like roads, sewer lines and power lines.
Holladay City Manager Randy Fitts said, "There will be no money, city money, going to reducing cost of project. It will all be for infrastructure price."
Construction begins next year. The project is expected to be completed by 2010.
General Growth Properties, the developer in charge of all of this, is also re-doing the Fashion Place Mall just five miles away.