Announcement of future plans for the former Hickory Hollow shopping center in Antioch
ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s a place full of nostalgia for many Middle Tennessean natives, but it’s been vacant for years. Now new life will be brought to the old Hickory Hollow Mall.
Mayor John Cooper and Councilwoman Joy Styles said the city plans to acquire the Global Mall at the Crossings, formerly known as Hickory Hollow Mall. In addition, a letter of intent to lease the space to VUMC has been signed.
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They plan to submit their plan to the Metro Council that would see the city buy the old mall building, which consists of 650,000 square feet of rental space for $24 million and an office building on the east side of the mall for $20 million.
“This is incredible news for our area. After so many years of the mall being vacant, we are finally able to move forward with its new future for the community. I am grateful that Vanderbilt has recognized Antioch as a critical investment for community health care. I am also delighted that with the purchase of the mall, we can now have a permanent arts space, an Antioch Performing Arts Center, to bring people arts in Antioch,” Councilwoman Joy Styles said.
On Wednesday, the city of Nashville announced plans to partner with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to turn empty space into a development similar to One Hundred Oaks.
The city said that in addition to VUMC’s health services, it would seek community input for other development additions like child care or small business opportunities. The city will hold public meetings and conduct investigations.
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“We are investing in one of our fastest growing neighborhoods, and it will pay significant dividends for our city and Southeast Nashville in particular,” Mayor Cooper said. “World-class healthcare is just the beginning of what this site can do for the community,” Cooper added. “I look forward to seeing residents shape how best to serve them with this site through community benefits such as additional green spaces, dedicated arts spaces and resources for entrepreneurs.”
The old Hickory Hollow Mall opened in August 1978. At that time, it was Middle Tennessee’s fifth-largest mall with approximately 250 stores, a movie theater, and a game room.
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