“This is not just another mall,” said Tim Tamburello, a lawyer for the owners of the mall, who have sued the city of Tacoma over its plans to tear down the iconic mall.
“It’s about reclaiming the mall.”
Tamburesllo said the mall was the only remaining piece of downtown Tacoma that still existed and was a “sacred treasure.”
“They want to turn it into a park,” he said.
Tamboursos attorney, David J. Cogley, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The mall’s owners have filed a lawsuit against the city over its plan to tear it down, and it has also filed a petition for a special master to review the plan.
Tacoma Mall owner Daniel L. Cazares says his company, a construction company, has not paid any taxes since 2009, but he wants the city to remove the mall’s “disturbing” signs.
“If the city wants to get rid of them, then we will be there,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“We’re not going anywhere.
It’s just a waste of money.”
The City of Tacomac issued a statement in response to the mall owners’ lawsuit.
“Tacomac’s plan to demolish Tacoma is an outrageous abuse of eminent domain,” it said.
“The City’s plan does not address the mall as it existed prior to the demolition of the shopping center in 1999.”