Likewise, business and development began to rekindle. Taylor’s Southland Center, one of four famous J.L. Hudson’s shopping malls built around Detroit during the 1950s and ’60s, thrived in the new economic upturn. Rouse Properties invested over $20M in the 937,000-square-foot mall, attracting new tenants like H&M, Pink, ULTA, Shoe Carnival, Zumiez, and others. An ultra-modern Cinemark NextGen Theatre plans to open at the mall in April 2016.
The City government witnessed a general fund budget rebound from $5M deficit to a surplus between the years of 2013-20, as staffing and programs were slowly reinstated and facilities like the Northwest Park Outdoor Pool, Recreation Center, Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion, Lamarand Splash Pad, and others witnessed rebirth or creation.
At the same time along Eureka Road, the City’s retail corridor, the Gibraltar Trade Center and Ramada Inn were torn down. The trade center will be replaced with a Menards’ development that will include 80-plus acres of large, midsize and small retailers. Nearby, old standbys like Famous Dave’s BBQ were joined by Panera Bread, PizzaPapalis, Golden Corral and others. New business and development have popped up across the City on a constant basis.