McFarland Mall demolition resumes, Stan Pate seeks ‘legacy project’


More of the aging McFarland Mall is coming down in anticipation of what local developer Stan Pate hopes to be a “legacy project” for Tuscaloosa.

Demolition resumed last week and Pate said all but the structure housing Dollar Tree will be removed.

“It’s time,” Pate said, acknowledging the public comments he’s heard over the remains of the relic still standing at the corner of Skyland and McFarland boulevards.

“It’s overdue,” he said. “I accept the criticism.”

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What the future holds for the property, though, is unclear. Last year, Pate initiated the demolition of about 100,000 square feet of the mall as he and then-Councilwoman Sonya McKinstry announced plans for a proposed multi-use sports complex, described as a destination spot aimed at all ages.

That kind of complex remains a possibility for the 38.6-acre site, but Pate said that he and Councilman Cassius Lanier, who now represents District 7, are open to other ideas.

All that remains standing of the old McFarland Mall is seen Monday, April 4, 2022. Demolition equipment is being used to remove all the rest of the structures. Gary Cosby Jr./Tuscaloosa News

“The councilman and I agreed: It’s a clean sheet of paper,” Pate said.

As demolition began on another 200,000-square-feet of the building, Pate and Lanier spoke March 31 about the future of McFarland Mall on the Steve & DC Show on radio station 95.3 The Bear and voiced a similar vision for the site that Pate purchased in 2009.

While no definitive plans were laid out, Lanier said that, after talks with Pate, residents of the district should be open to a realm of possibilities.


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