Grant could redevelop suburban Dixie Square Mall

September 23, 2010 4:51:30 PM PDT
The Dixie Square Mall in suburban Harvey has been vacant for more than 30 years, but a $4-million federal grant could be the first step in redeveloping the site.The car chase scene in the classic film "The Blues Brothers" was shot there after the mall had failed. Since then, the mall has remained empty and was recently condemned because of health and safety concerns.

The new grant will pay for clean up, demolition and asbestos removal.

State economic officials say it's the first step.

"What we really know, we need to do, is redevelop this property and turn it back into economic usefulness that creates jobs," said Warren Ribley of the Dept. of Commerce and Economic Activity.

Possible plans for the site include shopping, light industry and housing. There is no word on when the demolition will begin.