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UPDATE: Big changes are coming to SouthPark that will have a big impact on the mall, and the surrounding businesses.

After a first look at the plans, Moline Mayor Scott Raes says, "People are coming to see us. That's what Macerich is hoping." And those people will see a lot of changes here at the mall after a development agreement that calls for tax increment financing and a big facelift.

The city's Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe says, "The good news is when they're gonna start to reinvest in the mall." Updating it inside and out. Giving stores the option to have mall entrances, doors to the outside, or both. With the old Sears and Food Court set to be demolished, the mall will have a smaller footprint by about 300 thousand square feet.
     
Something city leaders say will make it easier to bring in higher end stores. "As the square footage income potential starts to increase," Forsythe says, "you're gonna get tenants that don't normally look at this market because there's not enough money to made. If they can start driving profit up from stores, then we're going to get some  higher level stores in the mall." Not necessarily the Michael Kors or Starbucks in this rendering, but city leaders say they've already taken calls from several stores. And they are optimistic storefronts will fill in.
     
Mall reps say they're already making a strong start. Marketing Manager Aleshia Chiesa says, "We have 11 national tenants that are either in the process of remodeling, or are remodeling with long-term commitments to SouthPark."
     
Making it more attractive and easier to get to, city leaders say, a main entrance off John Deere Road. A virtual front door of a brand new house.

City leaders tell us the mall will stay open during renovations, which should be complete by November and the holiday shopping season. Meantime, the council will talk about the development agreement at its Tuesday night meeting

ORIGINAL STORY: The owners of SouthPark Mall have big plans for the future of the struggling shopping center.

In plans released on Friday, February 7, 2014, Macerich outlines plans to demolish a big section of the mall that was built in the early 1990s.

Plans include demolition of the food court area and the old Sears location.

The documents also include plans to add an access road from the John Deere Expressway.

We'll have more updates on your KWQC-TV6 evening news and right here on kwqc.com.

Click here to see the plans.