Social media campaign seeks to save Bellevue mall - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Social media campaign seeks to save Bellevue mall

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There could be hope for a mall that has sat empty for years. Investors have come forward with one exciting plan after another for the gigantic Bellevue Center mall, but each has fizzled.

But a social media campaign may help breathe new life into the old property as a local teenager is leading a charge to revitalize it.

"It was silly that nothing's being done here when there's so much support for it, so I started it to see if people had the same ideas," said organizer Kevin Prusinowski.

He created a Facebook page called "Bring Back the Bellevue Center Mall," and it is rapidly growing in popularity.

"For a while, I only had about 16 supporters. Then, last Sunday, it jumped to 100. I saw on Monday that I had almost 1,000," he said.

Just a few days after that, the page has gotten more than 3,000 "Likes" and counting.

But city council members say it will take a lot more than Facebook support.

"I wish it was as easy to arrange financing and tenants for a new facility or replacement facility as it is to attract followers," said Councilman Charlie Tygard.

Leaders say other shopping centers like Nashville West, Green Hills and Cool Springs have taken a lot of the business that Bellevue would need. Plus, they say the mall format as we know it now is a thing of the past.

"The mall in its present form will not come back. Closed-in malls are dinosaurs. They are too costly to maintain," Tygard said.

It's been an ongoing five-year battle to try to revitalize the area, and planners say they are cautiously optimistic.

The current proposal is to transform the mall into a multi-use development, but council members say they will not release a timeline or a list of tenants until the developer, Crosland Southeast, gives the green light.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Biloxi physician fights for right to have light for his sign

    Biloxi physician fights for right to have light for his sign

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:19:41 GMT
    Dr. Azad Kabir wants to replace this sign with an illuminated LED Reader Board sign. He's appealing the rejection of the Architectural and Historical Review Commission decision to the Biloxi City Council. (Photo Source: WLOX)Dr. Azad Kabir wants to replace this sign with an illuminated LED Reader Board sign. He's appealing the rejection of the Architectural and Historical Review Commission decision to the Biloxi City Council. (Photo Source: WLOX)
    Dr. Azad Kabir wants to replace this sign with an illuminated LED Reader Board sign. He's appealing the rejection of the Architectural and Historical Review Commission decision to the Biloxi City Council.Dr. Azad Kabir wants to replace this sign with an illuminated LED Reader Board sign. He's appealing the rejection of the Architectural and Historical Review Commission decision to the Biloxi City Council.

    Dr. Azad Kabir is ready to fight for his right to promote his business with an illuminated LED sign within Biloxi's historic district. 

    More >>

    Dr. Azad Kabir is ready to fight for his right to promote his business with an illuminated LED sign within Biloxi's historic district. 

    More >>
  • Miley struggles as Shuckers fall to Biscuits 13-3

    Miley struggles as Shuckers fall to Biscuits 13-3

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:17:17 GMT
    Shuckers pitcher Wade Miley takes the mound at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)Shuckers pitcher Wade Miley takes the mound at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)
    Shuckers pitcher Wade Miley takes the mound at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)Shuckers pitcher Wade Miley takes the mound at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)

    On a windy day at the ballpark, the Montgomery Biscuits (6-11) smacked four home runs, three against LHP Wade Miley (L, 0-1), as they defeated the Biloxi Shuckers (10-7) 13-3 on Sunday afternoon.

    More >>

    On a windy day at the ballpark, the Montgomery Biscuits (6-11) smacked four home runs, three against LHP Wade Miley (L, 0-1), as they defeated the Biloxi Shuckers (10-7) 13-3 on Sunday afternoon.

    More >>
  • Man held at gunpoint in viral video arrested on DUI, drug charges

    Man held at gunpoint in viral video arrested on DUI, drug charges

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:08 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:08:06 GMT
    David Achenbach, 30, was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct. (Photo Source: Jackson County Adult Detention Center)David Achenbach, 30, was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct. (Photo Source: Jackson County Adult Detention Center)
    David Achenbach, 30, was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct. (Photo Source: Jackson County Adult Detention Center)David Achenbach, 30, was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct. (Photo Source: Jackson County Adult Detention Center)
    The man featured in a viral video involving law enforcement in Jackson County is now in police custody on multiple charges.  In the viral clip, a man can be seen standing with his hands up, faced by numerous law enforcement vehicles and officers with their guns drawn. The video has gained more than 30,000 views on Facebook.  He has been identified by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department as 30-year-old David Achenbach, who was arrested and c...More >>
    The man featured in a viral video involving law enforcement in Jackson County is now in police custody on multiple charges.  In the viral clip, a man can be seen standing with his hands up, faced by numerous law enforcement vehicles and officers with their guns drawn. The video has gained more than 30,000 views on Facebook.  He has been identified by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department as 30-year-old David Achenbach, who was arrested and c...More >>
Powered by Frankly