City leaders are speaking out about the closing of a local mall.
Hickory Hollow will shut its doors this summer. The company that owns that space, CBL Associates Properties Inc., told tenants Friday they have until the end of their leases to pack up and move out. For some retailers that means they have less than 30 days left in business.
That announcement didn't come as a surprise to many in Antioch. Neighbors said they've been watching the mall go downhill for quite some time, especially when the anchor stores like Dillard's and J.C. Penney left.
Metro Councilwoman Jocobia Dowell, who represents the area, said she sees a success story for the space similar to what Nashville saw with 100 Oaks.
Mayor Dean is also optimistic, saying within a year or two neighbors will be pleased with what will be built at the Hickory Hollow mall location. Metro will fund a 30,000-square-foot recreation center, library and green space. There's no word yet on when construction will start for that project.
Dowell also said she thinks Nashville State Community College will be a big success in Antioch. The school will start classes at the old Dillard's location in August. The councilwoman said she also anticipates new retail to one day move in the vacant space.
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