Cortana Mall has been around for more than 40 years, but within the last 10, it has been on a steady decline.
The mall formerly occupied 110 stores but now there’s only about 10. The most recent store to close was Bath and Body Works and the only big box store remaining is Dillard’s clearance.
Some economic developers are looking into a tax incentive program by designating the mall as an Enterprise Zone, which would bring in potential tax credit in exchange for jobs.
Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis says she recently saw an abandoned mall in Jackson, Mississippi that was turned into a medical facility and she could see that being an option for Cortana.
Other conversations have been had looking at the possibilities of what the mall could be, and Lewis doesn’t want the space to go to waste.
“It’s in a perfect location. It’s in the center of the city and lots of parking. My hope is that we can continue the conversation and see the mall become completely abandoned and become a blight in the city,” Lewis says.
The mall is still for sale and spaces are still available for lease.