Why hasn’t the Bellevue mall been demolished yet?

Bellevue Center mall
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 has received numerous calls and emails from viewers and Nashville residents asking why the Bellevue mall hasn’t been demolished yet.

Developers held a community-wide event on August 22 to celebrate the property’s demise in order to make way for a new $200 million development.

Bellevue Center mall
Demolition celebration on August 22 (Photo: WKRN)

The event included a picnic and live music to mark the historic day.

But after crews tore down part of the main entrance, nothing else has happened. News 2 asked why.

Tim Sittema, a managing partner of Crosland Southeast, the development firm that now owns the Bellevue Center property, said the demolition will take four to six weeks—and they remain on schedule.

“There is a lot going on right now and it’s all ‘behind the scenes,’” Sittema said.

He explained that in order to tear down the entire mall, utilities first had to be shut off. That step is completed.

Bellevue Center, One Bellevue Place
Rendering of the future One Bellevue Place (Courtesy: Crosland Southeast)

Next, they had to complete their full asbestos survey, required by the city of Nashville, to get a demolition permit. That step is also completed.

Now, the developers need to finalize the demolition contract with their contractor while they “work to satisfy the city requirements to pull the actual permit.”

Sittema also said they plan to fence in the property soon in order to go through with the asbestos abatement.

“After that, the external mall demo steps into high gear,” he said.

Once demolition is completed, crews will begin building the new multi-use shopping and entertainment center. It’s slated to open in 2017.

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