May 27th, 2009Officials work to move mall ‘village’ forward
by Ann Wallace
Oak Grove officials are in Frankfort today hoping to convince Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to give them extra money to get the bulldozers moving for a proposed massive mall.
Tentative plans call for Oak Grove Village at Fort Campbell, designed by JRDV Architects, to be situated near Gate 7 on U.S. Highway 41A.
“The biggest problem we have is the lack of a sewer system. We have requested $7.3 million from the state to do the infrastructure necessary. Hopefully, we’ll get an answer pretty quick,” said Oak Grove Mayor Dan Potter, who stressed that Beshear has expressed strong support in the past for the mall project.
The proposed European-style retail center is expected to become a shopping destination for this region, according to Lucia Albers, who bought the 110-acres in Oak Grove for the proposed retail center.
“Without the infrastructure we cannot move forward. As soon as we get a commitment for the infrastructure, we’ll start moving forward as soon as possible,” Albers said during a telephone interview from her home in California.
Albers said 3,000 jobs are expected to be created when Oak Grove Village opens. Once groundbreaking occurs, construction is expected to take about two years.
Oak Grove Village is expected to include 2.1 million square feet of mixed retail-professional-recreational space.
“Oak Grove has a lot of qualities, the demographics, it is close to lakes and the area has a very good labor force with good-quality people and strong work ethics,” Albers said.