Hoping for a Burnsville Center plan

To the editor:

I want to commend Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz for her proactive leadership in applying to the Bloomberg Philanthropies for a Mayors Challenge grant that provides funds to communities to study and resolve major problems — in our case, the Burnsville Center.

Anyone who lives near, works at or shops the mall recognizes that there are ongoing problems with the number of store closings. Some of this is the way retail is changing, and perhaps the mall ownership is working “behind the scenes.”

However, now we will have the mayor using her resources and connections in an effort to get major financial support to develop a plan. We hope for its success.