Decision to demolish Topeka’s White Lakes Mall the right call

Years of neglect make resuscitating the abandoned mall a lost cause

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September 23, 2021 - 9:59 AM

Topeka's White Lake Mall will be torn down by year's end after sitting empty for 14 years.

Topeka’s White Lakes Mall is coming down. A time-worn eyesore, it’s past due.

That the city has to cough up an estimated $2 million in demolition fees doesn’t sit well, of course. But the location on Topeka Boulevard is such prime real estate that, over time, officials figure they’ll recoup the costs with new development. 

That’s the thing about retail space. It gets old fast. 

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