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Thursday, July 20, 2017

An Amazon Fulfillment Center Could Bring Life Back to Former Randall Park Mall Site

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 3:53 PM

click to enlarge Inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center - PHOTO VIA MARYSULLI/INSTAGRAM
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  • Inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center
A proposed Amazon fulfillment center could soon open at the former Randall Park Mall site, providing 1,200 new jobs to an area in need of an economic boost.

The North Randall project would take up the vacant 69 acres. But first, Seefried Industrial Properties Inc. must demolish the existing buildings on the site — a Burlington Coat Factory Store, a vacant automotive-maintenance facility, and a former department store turned into an Ohio Technical College's PowerSport Institute.

Developers would then build a $177 million facility, and lease it out for Amazon to use. Cleveland.com also reports that the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority board will put up "$123 million worth of bond financing for the project."

Randal Park Mall closed in 2009 and was partly demolished in late 2014, but before its collapse Scene captured the building's final days.

Malls across America are slowly dying, with the L.A. Times publishing a report earlier this summer saying, "up to 25percent of U.S. shopping malls may close in the next five years."

The also-closed Euclid Square Mall remains standing and used by church congregations for worship, but Seefried is also working on a deal to acquire the building for another project.

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