The tearing down of Springfield Mall on Monday marked the end of an era, but according to Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee), the best is yet to come for the proposed town center that will take its place, as well as for Springfield itself.
“This is the most important thing to happen in Springfield since Metro came in,” McKay said. “For many, like me, who grew up in this area in the 1980s, Springfield Mall was the place to see and be seen. It was a state-of-the-art mall. There was a reason Prince Charles and Diana visited here. It really was something. To watch it deteriorate the way it did over the last 20 years has been devastating.”
Monday marked the beginning of a 10-year redevelopment of the mall into a “town center” model, split into four phases, originally scheduled to begin in summer 2011.
“We had a little financial difficulty since its proposal, but it is now happening,” McKay said.