PLYMOUTH, MN - Anyone who lives in east Plymouth or drives near Rockford Road and Highway 169 is certainly familiar with the Four Seasons Mall, a long-vacant, unappealing strip mall on the junction's southwest corner.
Plymouth was encouraged by redevelopment projects that may revive the area with new retail establishments, restaurants, hotels, and apartments as the land changed hands and development applications were presented to the city throughout the years.
However, when two projects went through owing to financing or other challenges, the City of Plymouth felt it was time for this run-down mall to enter a new era. In June, the city purchased the property to facilitate a vibrant mixed-use redevelopment at this obvious entry to Plymouth.
Mayor Jeff Wosje envisions a vibrant, well-connected region with various attractions, such as walking paths, integrated transit facilities, restaurants and retail, excellent housing, appealing architecture, and lively outdoor meeting areas. The process of seeking proposals from potential developers is underway.
Because an integrated transportation component will be a significant aspect of the development, the city purchased the site with transit resources rather than general tax dollars – and will eventually return the funds when the land is sold to the selected developer.
After a string of disappointments, Mayor Wosje hopes that residents may regain their enthusiasm as they look forward to a revitalized property on the east side of town that fits the spirit of the current neighborhood and welcomes visitors to Plymouth.
While it will almost probably take more than four seasons to realize the city's goal, Mayor Wosje is confident it will be worth the wait.