A Cook County judge ordered that the owners of Lincoln Mall in Matteson must give up control of the mall and appointed a board of trustees to take over day-to-day operations and repairs. But the mall will remain open.
Earlier this month, the Village of Matteson asked a judge to shut down the due to what they call dangerous conditions that threaten the health and safety of shoppers and employees.
Officials said the mall has more than 25 fire, safety and building code violations, including exposed electrical wiring, a dismantled fire sprinkler system, blocked fire exits and a crumbling roof and facade.
The village released a statement Thursday saying in part, ““We are very pleased with the Judge’s ruling to allow the mall to remain open while the Court-appointed receiver addresses the most life-threatening conditions at the mall. The receiver will also develop a long-term plan to make the more substantial repairs that the mall has needed for far too long.”
Two business owners from the mall tell WGN reports of the conditions inside the mall are being blown out of proportion. They also say the lawsuit is the result of a power struggle between the owners of the mall in New York and the village.