Council gives preliminary approval for Raleigh Springs Mall - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Council gives preliminary approval for Raleigh Springs Mall, traffic precinct plans

The plan to move a traffic enforcement precinct into the building would be the first step in a long term plan to move other city services into the mall. The plan to move a traffic enforcement precinct into the building would be the first step in a long term plan to move other city services into the mall.

(WMC-TV) - A city council committee gave preliminary approval to the plan to locate a traffic unit at the Raleigh Springs Mall. Neighbors welcome the approval and the city's other big plans for the site.

"It's pretty, well, empty right now. So to be able to bring something to the neighborhood would be really nice," said area resident Cecil Johnson.

Johnson says replacing boarded up stores with city services would be a win for the mall and the surrounding area.

"I think one of the principals you'll see here is one of creating multiple benefits," said Memphis CAO George Little.

The plan to move a traffic enforcement precinct into the building would be the first step in a long term plan to move other city services into the mall.

"There's a precinct that's nearing its useful life, the Old Allen station. There's also a community center in need of maintenance, a library that needs upgrades," said Little.

A crime track of the area shows 164 crimes in a one mile radius of Raleigh Springs Mall, ranging from carjackings to aggravated assaults and shoplifting.

"If they bring the police presence here, I do think people will feel safe," said resident Joey Grandberry.

Retail stores would remain, which would create a mixed-use complex.

"Whether it's campus style or all one building, that's up to the architects," said Little.

The $7.6 million to move the precinct to the mall was approved years back. A further goal of the project is to remove blight.

"There are not many malls in America doing well because shopping has changed so much," said councilman Jim Strickland.

Project completion may be years away.

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