Shoppers in Central Pennsylvania may soon be shopping in a new multimillion dollar retail center. Nationally prominent stores and restaurants are expected to make their way to the West Manchester Mall.
Shoppers we spoke with say the mall has gone downhill over the years. But there’s a lot of room to grow.
Allison Lehr has been shopping at the West Manchester Mall her entire life.
Lehr says, “I used to come here when I was little and mom said I would run up and down the hallways and it’s definitely gone downhill since and we’re excited to hear about a new plan that might be happening.”
Like an estimated $47 million dollar transformation. Parts of the mall will be demolished in front of Macy’s and the former Bon-Ton. County Commissioner Steve Chronister says it will look like an outdoor mall similar to Hunt Valley Towne Center, in Maryland.
Chronister says, “To bring more jobs and the retail industry, keeps people here and makes them spend their money here.”
Store owner, Ned Senft, has been selling comics at the mall for 10 years. He says the plan will help him.
Senft says, “We have a loyal clientele now and we believe we can appeal to a lot of other people who may not be familiar with our store.”
Lehr says, “We deserve some stores in the West End. The west end has nothing to brag about so we’re excited we might be getting something.”
York County, West Manchester Township and West York Area School District must agree on the project for plans to move forward. They must also agree on the economic development tool, called Tax Increment Finance District, or TIFD. The president of the York County Economic Alliance, Darrell Auterson, says developers will use TIFD which allows the three governing bodies to contribute toward the cost of economic development projects that benefit their areas- such as The West Manchester Mall renovation. Auterson says the developer would pay for the entire project.
Commissioners say they expect the project will be finished around Christmas 2015.