Duluth, August 18, 2021 – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-District 7) joined Gwinnett officials at a press conference to announce her legislation to revitalize dilapidated malls in the country.
The bill is the latest contribution to Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s ongoing initiative to FutureFit the Suburbs. The legislation is to help revitalize malls such as Gwinnett Place Mall.
“According to one analysis, within three to five years, 25 percent of nearly 1,200 indoor malls around the country will close. Suburban renewal is going to require creative strategies to tackle these situations. Abandoned or struggling malls mean we have many acres of semi-blighted land or ‘grayfields’ in the middle of our communities,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “This bill will provide critical resources to leverage private funds to redevelop these malls and will help stitch the fabric of our communities back together.”
Congresswoman Bourdeaux was joined by Gwinnett County Commission Chair Nicole Love Hendrickson, and Gwinnett County Community Improvement District Director Joe Allen.
“I am proud to join and support the congresswoman's GREATER Revitalization of Shopping Centers Act which will galvanize public and private investment in revitalizing underutilized shopping centers like Gwinnett Place Mall. I also like to emphasize the importance of the county's Gwinnett Place Mall Redevelopment Equity Plan which will ensure that we redevelop the mall in an equitable and inclusive way that drives economic growth, creates job opportunities, and helps everyone in the Gwinnett Place area and throughout the county thrive,” said Nicole Love Hendrickson, Chair, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.