PARMA, Ohio-- It's been a fixture in Parma for more than 50 years.
But, with a swing of the wrecking ball, the demolition at the Parmatown Mall began Wednesday morning.
The old shopping mall will become the Shoppes at Parma with a new, larger Dick's Sporting Goods store and an upgrade of the existing Walmart into a Supercenter.
But, that's just the beginning.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said he envisions a new, thriving gathering place, drawing not only locals, but people from surrounding communities who want to check out new shops and restaurants.
The whole building won't be torn down but it will undergo major renovations along with some new buildings that will go up on the property.
This is about a two-year process but new shops and restaurants will be opening along the way.
And, about 90% of the Macy's building, which is coming down, will be recycled-- the steel, other metals and concrete used in other ways rather than being dumped in a landfill.
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