Site of former Valley View Mall in Dallas meets sad unfortunate end
A once-beloved North Dallas mall is meeting its timely ending: The former Valley View Mall at LBJ Freeway and Preston Road saw demolition begin on March 16, putting an end to nearly a decade of inept waffling.
The mall closed in 2015, with big plans for redevelopment that never happened. AMC Theater, the final tenant, closed in 2021.
After attempting to work with the property owners, the City of Dallas issued a letter in November 2022, requiring demolition take place by June 1. The property owner began remediating the asbestos on December 1.
But after two fires, the city dropped the hammer and pushed up the date for the demolition to begin right now this minute.
In February, following ongoing criminal activity that resulted in a series of fires, the Dallas Police Department notified the property owner that the site would be designated a habitual criminal property.
“This demolition is long overdue for our community,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson in a statement. “As we have seen, the former mall structure was a blight and a hazard for our public safety personnel. Dallas deserves safe structures, a strong International District, and a vibrant new development on the site of the former Valley View Mall. This is a major step forward on every front."
District 11 City Council Member Jaynie Schultz said: “With today’s demolition of the remaining structure of Valley View Mall, we turn the page on this long dormant property and safety hazard in our community. We look ahead to transforming the area, including as part of the planned Dallas International District.”
Final demolition is expected to be complete by June 1.