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Residents voice opinion about what goes in at old Indian Springs Mall site

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Residents in Kansas City KS will look at the next steps for the Indian Springs Mall on Tuesday.  It's a project they've already shown they have strong feelings about. (KCTV5) Residents in Kansas City KS will look at the next steps for the Indian Springs Mall on Tuesday. It's a project they've already shown they have strong feelings about. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Residents in Kansas City, KS will look at the next steps for the Indian Springs Mall on Tuesday.

It's a project they've already shown they have strong feelings about.

"It was just a really nice place at one time," KCK resident Christina Harcharik said.

There was so much backlash about what should go in at the site that the city let the issue sit for awhile to let people come up with ideas. Now, city officials want to hear what those ideas are.

There will be a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Kansas City, KS Public Schools Central Office located at 2010 N. 59 Street.

Many who use the bus stop next to the, now empty, dirt lot where the mall used to sit remember what it was like during its heyday.

"It was the big place you know, it was a happenin' deal," KCK resident Rick Smith said.

Smith remembers when the mall first opened, and watched as it was slowly torn down in 2016.

“Kind of relieved and nostalgic because I had a lot of good times there,” Smith said. 

Earlier this year, the city was about to hand the site over to a developer who was going to turn the area into office spaces. Residents, however, did not want this. They didn’t want to see the iconic site turned into something everyone couldn’t use.

“I think it would be nice if they put a grocery store in here because it’s kind of a grocery store desert as they call it,” Smith said.

A grocery store, apartments and a green space are ideas that have been talked about for the location. Many say they remember coming to the mall as a child and say it would be nice to have something for kids to do.

Harcharik says the area is in need of children's activities.

“No, not at all. Not at all. You just try to find things to do with small children all the time,” Harcharik said.

City officials are hoping to move forward on some potential ideas brought up at Tuesday night’s meeting.

For those who cannot attend the meeting, people can get their voices heard via an online survey.

KCK Mayor Mark Holland said via a Facebook post, that nearly 250 people attended Tuesday's meeting. He says the project is important, not just geographically to the community but to those who lived in the area when the mall was thriving.

Holland thanked everyone who came to the meeting and encouraged those who could not make it, to take the online survey. 

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