Former department store comes down

Former department store comes down
Passers-by on the southern end of Roosevelt Square Mall had a good view of the initial demolition of the former Belk department store March 20.

For more than a year, tenants in Roosevelt Square Mall, as well as nearby residents, have waited for the next shoe to drop after Belk Department Store closed its doors at 4535 Roosevelt Blvd.

The closure came in January 2017 and then the building sat vacant while rumors circulated about future use as residential, retail or restaurant before property owner Dewberry Capital made it known demolition was planned. On Jan. 4, 2018, Dewberry Capital applied for a permit to demolish the one-story, 70,000-square-foot structure.

In mid-February, green construction fencing was erected around the building. The demolition permit was granted March 14 to RLH Construction LLC of Oviedo to take down the former department store and surrounding parking, as well as a former one-story, 1,700-square-foot pharmacy next to Stein Mart on the northeast corner of the property.

The Belk demolition, which began March 20, is expected to take 60 days to demolish, haul away the debris and clear the site. Total cost of the demolition is $300,000.

Dewberry Capital has not yet released plans for site redevelopment where Belk once stood, but there are reports the space will be utilized for better traffic flow.

In earlier releases, Dewberry has indicated a PetSmart and an Ulta Beauty retail shop will become tenants in the location next to Stein Mart, which is in the process of renovating its 46,000-square-foot interior.

The Resident reached out to Kim Lavigne, Dewberry’s vice president of real estate, for information on the overall redevelopment of the 29-acre mall, but had not received an answer.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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