Residents will get their first glimpse at what may be planned for the Shoppes at Northway when Akron-based developer Levey and Company holds a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the upper level of the mall, just outside the entrance to Dick's Sporting goods.
Levey & Company, recently reached a final agreement to buy the former Northway Mall and redevelop it, according to Ross Township commissioner Peter A. Ferraro.
"It looks very promising on paper, this could be a very good development for the township," Ferraro told his fellow commissioners Monday night. "I'm talking millions of dollars for the township."
Ferraro said the plans are very preliminary, and far from finalized.
"They don't have any firm contracts yet, what they've discussed has been hypothetical. It's going to be relocating some of the establishments up there, they're talking about professional office space for doctors and lawyers, they're talking about a restaurant, they're talking about another grocery store," he said. "They have some big plans, I would recommend you try to attend the meeting on the 5th."
Ferraro said plans for the former school, now the temporary home of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, have yet to be revealed.
Ferraro said anyone wanting to attend the Dec. 5 meeting should call the township at 412-931-7055 to give planners an idea of how big an audience to expect.
The Shoppes at Northway went on the market in June after Jefferson-Pilot Investments, acting on behalf of the original mortgage lender, bought back the Shoppes at Northway at an Allegheny County Sheriff's Sale on May 7.
The Shoppes at Northway are currently home to Dicks's Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Marshalls, Aldi's, Mama Lucia's Restaurant, and a number of other, smaller shops. However, it also was home to Borders, which closed in 2011.
The 385,000-square-foot shopping center complex at 8000 McKnight Road, which has been a local landmark since it was built in the 1960s, went on the block after its owners, Pittsburgh-based Northway Group L.P., stopped making payments to its lender in October 2011.
The mall is believed to be the first indoor mall in Pennsylvania and among the first indoor malls to open in the United States.
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