[singlepic id=634 w=320 h=240 float=center]General Growth Properties, Inc, burdened by $27 billion in debt, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The mall operator is a partner with Childress Klein to bring the Bridges at Mint Hill mall to Lawyers Road and Interstate 485. Chris Thomas of Childress Klein told the Mint Hill Times earlier this year that no matter what happens with GGP, Childress Klein intends to build the mall. If GGP drops out, and if Childress Klein can’t find another partner, then they will build it themselves. Millions of dollars has already been spent grading the land along Lawyers Road. Thomas said construction could begin as earlier as next year, depending on market forces.