Matteson Takes Control of Troubled Lincoln Mall

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    Matteson previously tried to have Lincoln Mall shut down because of dangerous conditions related to the infrastructure.

    The Village of Matteson has officially entered the mall business.

    An agreement has been reached to transfer ownership of Lincoln Mall from New York businessman Michael Kohan to Matteson.

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    A judge gave the owner of the trouble mall a week to come up with a plan to solve numerous safety issues. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013)

    Village leaders initially asked a judge to shut down the 700,000 square-foot mall due to 25 violations that they said created dangerous conditions threatening shoppers' health, including exposed electrical wiring, a dismantled sprinkler system, blocked fire exits and a crumbling roof.

    According to a news release, Matteson has reached an agreement with a real estate developer to market the property to new owners.

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    A judge appoints a receiver to make sure the dilapidated Lincoln Mall in Matteson makes repairs. But a mall lawyer worries it's a Pyrrhic victory, which could be the mall's undoing. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013)

    Village president Andre B. Ashmore says elected leaders will work with the developer to "identify a new owner who is not only willing to invest in the mall, but to be a strong partner with our community."

    Forty stores remain open inside the mall, including a Carson Prairie Scott department store.