New Look for Old Mall

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PARMA, Ohio– A decades-old mall in Parma is getting a brand new look.

Parmatown Mall dates back about 50 years, but what was once a jewel has been struggling over the past few years.

A developer purchased the property last fall and Monday evening updated city leaders and citizens about the project.

Roy Williams said the re-development package will cost more than $70 million.

He added that phase one, including things like pavement and utilities, is already well under way.

Now called the Shoppes at Parma, the development will take 3-4 years to complete.

Williams said the old mall and strip center would become what he termed a lifestyle center. He added, the property will be brought up to modern standards. “Materials, textures, colors as well as practical things like pedestrian access, vehicular access, signage. We believe the end product will be very attractive and very appealing,” he said.

The iconic Macy’s building will be torn down but Williams said he believes the community will be pleased with the buildings and stores that will replace it.

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