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Major renovations to the Southern Park Mall in 'preliminary' stages

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The Southern Park Mall is set to undergo a significant reconstructive process. 

The Washington Prime Group tells 21 News that they have a conceptual redevelopment plan for the Southern Park Mall. 

Although the Washington Prime Group's Vice President of Development, Matt Jurkowitz, said that planning is the preliminary stages, he also said that it is evolving.

The company plans to replace the former Sears and the adjacent auto center with green space to host community events and activities throughout the year. 

According to the company, the green space will be able to host 'dynamic outdoor events,' and they hope that it will drive foot traffic and position the Southern Park Mall as Boardman's town center. 

In addition to the outdoor green space, the former Sears area would be transformed into exterior facing retail, dining, and entertainment uses which would overlook the green space. 

The Washington Prime Group's Senior Vice President of Leasing, Lauren Kelly, says that the company has been in contact with the Boardman community, surrounding communities about the possible renovations. 

"The proposed plan incorporates uses that are missing from Southern Park today, including a place to ‘hang’; outdoor green space for community events, concerts and sporting activities; and space earmarked for unique, first-to-market dining and entertainment uses – all with a focus on connecting outdoor and indoor space,” said Kelly. 

The Washington Prime Group says that the picture is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of the final redevelopment project.

The Washington Prime Group did not specify when the project is set to begin or how long it may take to be completed. 

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