The City of Forest Acres announced the redevelopment of the former Richland Mall site in a press conference yesterday. The city secured $3 million in state funding for a new city park. Southeastern Development, LLC., purchased the 32-acre property last year + plans to reimagine it as a modern space for the community.
Vision for the park
- Outdoor performance area
- Green space
- Walking trails
- Other amenities that mix outdoor space with retail shops and restaurants
“The City of Forest Acres is committed to this project not just an economic development, but as the creation of a true city center, " Mayor Andrews said. “We are planting a park here that will serve as a community space not just for the residents of Forest Acres, but for all of the Midlands.”
Next steps + timeline
The city is finalizing designs. Once complete, it will be looking for public input, and a master plan for the park will be created. The City expects construction to begin in roughly 18 months. The announcement also included a timeline for opening Gills Creek Memorial Park, which is set to open this spring.
Forest Acres’ growing business landscape
Along with the new parks, Forest Acres has seen an increase in new businesses including:
7 Brew | Drive-thru coffee kiosk | Open | 2230 N. Beltline Blvd
Co | A Southeast Asian Cusine restaurant | Open | 4840 Forest Dr., Unit 65
Prisma Health Urgent Care | The new urgent care location is set to open before the end of the month. | 2220 N Beltline Blvd, Columbia
Skin and Brows Redefined | A skincare clinic | Open | 2100 N Beltline Blvd.