Gov promises facelift to NJ's 'ugliest' building

In this Wednesday, July 21, 2010 photograph, the unfinished retail and entertainment complex Xanadu is seen in East Rutherford, N.J. Creditors have taken over the $2 billion Xanadu in New Jersey's Meadowlands, and a spokesman for the lenders says they are negotiating to revive and finish the stalled project. (AP Photo/ Mel Evans)

March 24, 2011 11:04:21 AM PDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the ugliest building in the state will get a new exterior as part of the deal to finish developing a troubled multi-billion dollar retail and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands. Late last year, the same company that owns the Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, signed a letter of intent with lenders of New Jersey's Xanadu complex to complete the development.

At a town hall event Thursday, Christie said the first thing that must be done is change the multicolored, multi-patterned exterior. The dDecor has been a source of curiosity for motorists traveling the New Jersey Turnpike.

Christie called the complex the ugliest building in the state "and possibly America" and "a reminder of the failure" of the sprawling $2 billion complex, which was originally slated to open in 2007.