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Forest Mall Redevelopment

Fond du Lac Community Development Director Dyann Benson says it will take some time for the new owners of the Forest Mall to build it back up. She says once malls were busy places, but the world of retail is changing and that has affected them. She says the new owners are looking at what the new redeveloped mall will be. She says they are looking at plans and concepts, but that takes time. Benson says in a way the redevelopment of the mall is similar to what has been occurring with the Hotel Retlaw. She says while it seems like there isn’t much going on there is a lot going on in the background. She says they want to make sure they are moving forward in the right direction rather than investing in something that may not be long term sustainable. She says people also have to keep in mind that the out lots have multiple owners and a mix of uses. She says that includes Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread and others.