The landscape of Oak Ridge is undergoing a transformation.
Crews are 60 days in to the demolition of the old mall site, working to clear the land for Main Street Oak Ridge.
Phase one of the project will feature a hotel and 300-thousand square feet of retail space. Leaders hope the new development will draw people to the city.
"So I think what we're seeing is a total reinvestment back into the community and then we're excited about where that takes us next with housing and new residences coming to our town," says Mark Watson, Oak Ridge .
The city says the goal is to have the new stores open by late spring.
The entire project -- which also includes a new apartment complex -- is expected to be complete by the 20-17 holiday season.