Checking Up on Far North County

Years ago BeltSTL and I took a drive around Far North County and checked out some old buildings, including this old farmstead. The barns appear to look in good condition, though there has been no progress on finding a new use for them.

Update: The mall was demolished in 2023-2024.

Jamestown Mall is now completely dead, and the parking lots are blocked off with Jersey barriers. Some signs still remain, but for the most part, the sprawling complex is slowly becoming anonymous, with dirt and debris covering the parking lots.

This outparcel, an old bank, sits up by the road, boarded up and falling apart.

I have an interest in these old hulking department stores, which was originally an old Stix, Baer and Fuller, and then a Dillards. It was one of the first parts of the mall to be abandoned, and for a little while sold second-hand hotel furniture.

The Top of the Tower building in Moline Acres is likewise not doing well, though I could not see any further deterioration, since it is already so far gone.

I imagine that demolition is a likely outcome, since there does not seem to be any interest in redevelopment.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Slevin Kelevra says:

    Raze it all and bring back the agriculture that once utilized this land.

    1. Slevin Kelevra says:

      The mall property, that is.

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        Considering that the mall property, decades after being built, never spurred any development on the cornfields surrounding it, reverting to agricultural uses would be logical.

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