HE ROBBERIES, CALL RACINE POLICE OR CRIMESTOPPERS. IT HAS BECOME AN EYESORE — THE VACANT NORTHRIDGE MALL. IT DESPERATELY NEEDS A MAKEOVER TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES AND JOBS. YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE OUTSIDE– BUT SHARITA ERVES SAW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE INSIDE. THE EMPTY MALL WAS OPEN TODAY… SO THE PUBLIC COULD SCOPE OUT THE BIG JOB AHEAD. STORES SHUT DOWN — NO FOOT TRAFFIC — AND BOARDED UP WINDOWS….THAT’S THE SCENE TODAY INSIDE OF THE VACANT NORTHRIDGE MALL. SOME SAY THE ONCE VIBRANT RETAIL SPACE IS NOW AN EYESHORE. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE YEARS AGO WHEN IT WAS OPEN AND BUSINESS WAS BOOMING. IT’S A SIGHT SOME HOPE TO SEE AGAIN. We want renewal in our community. We want a renewal, we want to see an influx of new businesses. THE PROPERTY IS IN MILWAUKEE ALDERMAN ROBERT PUENTE’S DISTRICT. HE SAYS REVITALIZING THE AREA IS VITAL TO THE COMMUNITY. It’s very important that we develop it. As we develop it, I think we can see economic growth, I can see more jobs coming into this area, I see more housing coming into this area, other businesses and retail coming into it once this thing does get developed. ALDERMAN PUENTE AND THE GRANVILLE- BROWN DEER CHAMBER SAY TURNING THE MALL BACK INTO A THRIVING ALDERMAN PUENTE AND THE GRANVILLE- BROWN DEER CHAMBER SAY TURNING THE MALL BACK INTO A THRIVING RETAIL SPACE WILL TAKE DEDICATION. I think it’s going to take commitment from the investors, whoever wants to commit to doing something with this. They definitley have to be committed to this project whatever that may be. THE CHAMBER SAYS IT WILL ALSO COST MONEY BUT IT’S AN INVESTMENT THAT WILL PAYOFF FOR THE SURROUNDING AREA. When you look at the overall cost of the purchase, even if you go to the expense of tearing down the mall, the expense is not comparable to many of the other projects you hear about, and many of those projects have high controversy. THERE WERE SHEETS OF WHITE PAPER POSTED ON A WALL INSIDE OF THE MALL WHERE PEOPLE COULD WRITE THEIR IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SITE. SOME OF THOSE IDEAS INCLUDE A MOVIE THEATER, A RESTAURANT COMPLEX AND A CONFERENCE CENTER. LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, SHARITA EREVS, FOX 6 NEWS. A NEIGHBOR HEARS THE BEEPING OF A SMOKE DETECTOR– One of our sayi