North Shore Square: New life for old mall?

Could be transformed into Navy payroll processing center

Thomas Perumean
November 19, 2019 - 6:45 am

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The federal government is considering the empty North Shore Square mall, along with two other properties, to locate the National Finance Center.  The NFC is the processing center for handling payroll for the U.S. Navy.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer told the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate he's known for some time the NFC was going to abandon its tornado damaged building at the NASA/Michoud Assembly Facility because the structure contains asbestos and repairs were deemed impossible.    

Chris Masingill, head of the St. Tammany Development District, says locating the NFC at the mall site would bring anywhere from 800-to-1200 jobs to the area.  

The area around the mall has lost numerous retailers and restaurants and is in need of redevelopment.  

Recently the mall's operator, Morguard Corporation, closed the interior of the mall.  The loss of traffic is viewed as the reason for a nearby Zea restaurant to shutter shortly after.  

Should NFC located to the mall site it will need a 200,000 square foot facility.  That is roughly one-third of the mall available space.  

The mall, near the intersection of Interstates 10, 12, and 59, has more than enough parking space for employees and nearby restaurants and other amenities.  

A majority of the Center's current employees already live in St. Tammany Parish.  

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