Downtown development is rolling along, particularly on the residential front. Is retail ready to follow suit? Maybe so. Even the Main Liberty Group is starting to market space in the Main Place Mall. An ad was posted on craigslist last week listing retail space for lease:
The 171,000 sq.ft. mall has seen its tenant roster steadily shrink since AM&A’s closed in 1995. Last renovated in 1988 with columned porticos and Main Street storefront canopies, the two-level mall once boasted over 70 stores. Much of the former retail space has been leased to telecommunications firms due the fiber-optic infrastructure in the building.
Main Liberty Group has made inroads leasing office space in the tower with recent deals with law firms Cellino & Barnes and Hamberger & Weiss and the State Attorney General’s office. The timing seems right to get some life into the mall, even if only along the Main Street frontage.
Or maybe not.
In a written response to an email inquiry about the ad, Eric S. P. Lefebvre, Main Liberty’s Vice President of Real Estate, says, “I’m not sure how the advertisement made [it] on craigslist as it did not originate from me or our office, so it is appearing without our authorization. We are trying to find out the source.”
The ad was later flagged and removed. Someone is trying to fill the mall, but it is not the owner.