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Northridge Mall owners plan to appeal demolition order

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Posted at 3:45 PM, May 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 16:45:32-04

The owners of Northridge Mall plan to appeal the demolition order issued in April, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Owners want to meet with city officials later this month to discuss efforts to redevelop the property.

An order was issued April 11 for the $12 million demolition of the mall that has been empty since 2003.

Attorney Eric Hatchell of Foley & Lardner LLP sent a letter on behalf of the Northridge Mall owner, Chinese investment firm U.S. Black Spruce Enterprise Group Inc., on April 29.

“Black Spruce has made significant progress on its plans to renovate the Northridge Property and would like an opportunity to share these plans and developments with the city in person,” the letter said. “Black Spruce wants to work collaboratively with the city and would prefer joint discussion instead of contested litigation regarding whether the city has met the requirements of Wisconsin law allowing it to raze the Northridge property against Black Spruce’s desires.”

A team from U.S. Black Spruce will be in Milwaukee in late May, according to the letter.

The company has discussed renovating the mall into a marketplace for Chinese-made goods.

City officials estimate renovating and reopening the building will coast around $6 million.