Note: This story was updated at 10:47 p.m.
In one sign of progress, workers removed the old Oak Ridge Mall sign on South Illinois Avenue on Wednesday as the company that wants to redevelop the property prepares to close in January.
The redeveloped 60-acre site would be a mixed-use development featuring retailers, restaurants, residential units, and possibly a hotel. It would be called Main Street Oak Ridge.
RealtyLink, the company leading the proposed $80 million redevelopment, had hoped to close on Tuesday, December 15, but the expected closing date has been pushed into January. RealtyLink only became involved about three months ago, taking over from the previous developer, Crosland Southeast, in mid-September.
There are other signs of work at the property, including large survey stakes with pink ribbons attached and two cleanup dumpsters on the northeast side of the property.
The sign removed Wednesday—it’s called a monument sign—is at the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and East Tulsa Road.
Installation of the new sign is scheduled to start on Monday.
A subdivision plat is expected to be considered by the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission on January 7.
Officials have said RealtyLink and its contractor remain committed to having stores open for seven of the new tenants for the 2016 Christmas season.
They have said demolition of the mostly empty mall could start in January. The vacant enclosed space between the two remaining anchors, JCPenney and Belk, would be demolished, although those two stores would remain.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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