Mayor Jean Stothert has revoked the city’s tentative incentives offer for Crossroads Mall after the developer sent “deficient” redevelopment plans and failed to meet another deadline.
City Attorney Paul Kratz wrote in a letter Tuesday that Rod Yates’ application for a preliminary plat and rezoning was incomplete.
Kratz said Yates also failed to follow up on a number of missing or incomplete items on his application for tax-increment financing.
As a result, the city is terminating a nonbinding agreement concerning the site that the mayor signed in May, and there is no longer any plan for the site approved by the city.
Stothert said she doesn’t believe that Yates is moving forward on the project.
“After seven years, we still don’t have a completed application,” she said Wednesday. “I think the writing is on the wall.”
Yates on Thursday said he is moving forward with the project, and that the full application is “almost complete.”
“Projects of this scale don’t typically come together with strict deadlines,” he said in an email, adding that there are “lots of moving parts associated with my vision for Crossroads.”
Yates said he intends to avoid building “another nondescript shopping center.”
Given Yates’ missed deadlines and the lack of property owner Frank Krejci’s signature on documents filed with the city, Stothert questioned whether it will be Yates who ultimately develops the site.
Krejci did not immediately return a request for comment. The choice of developer is up to Krejci.
Yates and Krejci have worked on redeveloping Crossroads since 2011, though there have been numerous delays.
The pair is also behind the Nebraska Crossing Outlets mall in Gretna.
Stothert earlier this year signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding with Yates, detailing $64 million in city incentives for a $233 million Crossroads project.
A couple of months later, in July, Yates submitted his TIF application with a new, bigger plan that detailed a $514 million development with apartments, shops, office space, a gym and two hotels.
That plan called for $118 million total in city incentives, with $64 million in TIF alone.
Yates, who also developed the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, has said that he wanted to get started on the Crossroads project and aimed for Planning Board approval in September and City Council approval in October.
Kratz sent Yates a letter last month saying his TIF application was not complete.
In response, Yates said he planned to submit more information by the monthly deadline earlier this week. That did not happen, according to the city.
Kratz’s letter this week said city incentives “may be revisited” should Yates eventually submit completed applications.
In addition to being incomplete, Yates’ preliminary plat application listed Yates’ Main Street Partners LLC as the property owner and includes Yates’ signature as the owner, the city attorney said, even though parcels owned by others are proposed to be included in the preliminary plat.
“The Planning Department does not have any documentation stating that the applicant (Rod Yates) is authorized to represent those other property owners as part of this application nor did the other property owners sign the plat application,” the letter reads.
Kratz said Yates’ TIF application would not be processed because it still lacked proof of site control, among numerous other items.
Councilman Pete Festersen, who represents the area including Crossroads, expressed frustration about the latest delay.
“It’s one of the most important commercial sites in the city,” he said. “The surrounding neighborhoods deserve better.”
World-Herald staff writer Paige Yowell contributed to this report.
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August 1946: The site of the future Crossroads Mall, looking east on Dodge Street from Papio Creek.
The West Lanes Bowlatorium at 151 N. 72nd St. in Omaha in 1955. Crossroads Mall had not been built across the street at that time.
An artist's concept drawing of Crossroads Mall in 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Davis with Susan, 4 months, and Kelly, 17 months, shopping at the new Crossroads Mall in June 1961.
June 1961: Donald Peterson doing a push button check at the control board for power in the boiler room at the Crossroads Mall.
Landscaping at Crossroads Mall in June 1961.
The Sears store at Crossroads Mall in 1961.
June 1961: Shoppers at the Crossroads arcade, where 24 stores lined the air-conditioned mall anchored by Brandeis and Sears, Roebuck and Company. The mall, on 72nd and Dodge Streets, opened in 1960 by Brandeis Department Store.
A smiling Superman, a skeleton and even a masked fairy princess are among the goblins from Hillside School visiting Crossroads Mall in 1962.
Shoppers at Crossroads Mall in January 1965.
Shoppers at Crossroads Mall in January 1965.
July 1965: Concrete breaking for new Brandeis Tire Center at Crossroads Mall. Bill Mager, Omaha area manager for Abel Corp.; S.J. Marchese, manager of Brandeis Crossroads; and John Diesing, VP of Brandeis.
Officer Hap Bolan dusting for fingerprints after a robbery at Crossroads Mall November 1966.
Shoppers at Crossroads Mall in July 1966.
Gale Sayers signs autographs at Crossroads Mall in Omaha on April 22, 1967.
Debbie, 7; Sherrie, 6; Trip, 4; and Kristie, 2, await Santa in the Crossroads parking lot. Their mother, Mrs. Tom Blair, was nearby. The photo was published Nov. 17, 1968.
The "Circus Joys and Christmas Toys" parade at Crossroads Mall in November 1971.
Curt Collins, 4, talks with Santa at Brandeis' Crossroads store. The photo was published Dec. 20, 1972.
November 1972: Balloons, ranging in length from 60 to 125 feet, are to be sent aloft as part of Crossroad Shopping Center's balloon parade. James Moore of Indianapolis worked at inflating the balloons, a task that took approximately an hour per balloon. The parade went north on 78th to Cass Street and east on Cass to the Crossroads entrance at 74th Street, then moved to the south side of the center, where the balloons were on display for the weekend.
Tornado cleanup volunteers sign up at the Crossroads and are formed into crews, then transported by bus to the work areas on May 14, 1975.
A Brandeis art feature at Crossroads Mall in September 1978.
Shoppers crowd into the downtown Brandeis store in September 1980 for the start of the final closing sale. J.L. Braindeis and Sons had announced earlier that it would close stores in downtown Omaha and Lincoln and smaller stores in north Omaha and Columbus, Nebraska, by the end of 1980. The company planned to refurbish stores in Crossroads and Westroads Malls.
A woman walks through the Crossroads parking lot for some last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve of 1981.
Brandy Klabunde, 8, shops for toys at Youngtown in Crossroads. The photo was published Dec. 20, 1981.
Nov. 18, 1984: Stephanie Goodrich of Omaha getting in the Christmas spirit at the Brandeis Crossroads store, browsing through the display of holiday decorations.
Husker Fans watch Nebraska's 7-3 win at Oklahoma on the big screen at Crossroads Mall on Nov. 19, 1988.
Ashley Vlven, 2, reluctantly meets Santa at Crossroads in November 1988. Ashley was at the mall with her mother, Dee Vlven.
WOW Radio held a Great American Kiss-Off event at Omaha's Crossroads Mall in 1992. Six couples locked lips at 6 a.m. for a kissing marathon that lasted until early that afternoon. Linda Lawless of Council Bluffs needed a little help reaching partner Larry Shephard of Nebraska City. The other couple in the photo are Larry and Lisa Whiting of Council Bluffs, left, and Heather Schwarz and James Hamm of Omaha, right.
The exterior of Crossroads Mall is seen in 2004.
Crossroads Mall at 72nd and Dodge Streets is seen in March 2014.
Crossroads Mall at 72nd and Dodge Streets is seen from above in March 2014.
The final setup for the Opera Omaha gala on Jan. 16, 2015, at Crossroads Mall in Omaha.
A dancer performs under a stream of water during Opera Omaha's preview of John Adams' "A Flowering Tree" at Crossroads Mall on Jan. 16, 2015.
Bob Lohman of San Diego performs in front of a small crowd at the Douglas County Fair inside Crossroads Mall on July 21, 2016.