By Alysha Bohanon
The Mall of America is advancing plans for a $200 million dollar expansion which could include more retail space, a second hotel and a medical tower, news sources report.
Six years ago, officials unveiled a plan that would have doubled the size of the megamall, but that plan stalled. The new strategy is to complete the expansion in smaller steps, according to KSTP News.
A Radisson Blu hotel is currently being constructed on the south side of the mall. The expansion would take place on the north side, according to the Pioneer Press.
The development is currently scheduled to begin next spring, according to KSTP.
Rochester's Mayo Clinic expressed an interest in joining the project, which could include 150,000 square feet of medical space. Both parties are still exploring what Mayo's involvement would be, according to the Pioneer Press.
In addition to the medical space, the expansion would also include another hotel and retail space. The project would be one or two towers 13 to 15 stories high. Retail would be the lower three floors, with medical and hotel rooms above, according to the Pioneer Press.
"We'd like to take it higher-end retail," Hagen said. "All these pieces kind of tie together - the flag and brand of the hotel, the services that Mayo is offering and the type of retail this wing will cater to."