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Residents, Developers Delaying Construction of Delaware Co. Outlet Mall
BERKSHIRE TWP., Ohio (Tom Bosco/Ken Hines) -- Shoppers who are excited about plans for new outlet malls in Delaware County should put their credit cards away for now.
Proposals for malls on two parcels near the I-71, US 36/SR 37 interchange are each facing opposition.
Simon Properties wants to bring Tanger Outlets to a parcel just south of the AD Farrow Harley-Davidson dealership. That plan is facing a fight from neighbors who are trying to secure a ballot referendum that could overturn the zoning change granted by Berkshire Township trustees.
Developer Pat Shivley is also proving to be a roadblock to construction of the Tanger Outlets. Shively wants to build his Northgate outlets in an area just south of the Simon/Tanger parcel, but his request for a zoning change was denied by Berkshire Township trustees.
Northgate officials responded to the denial by suing the trustees, alleging they and township zoning board members gave preferential treatment to Simon/Tanger.
The ongoing issues are a disappointment to AD Farrow owner Bob Althoff, who feels the outlets represent a potential tax and job windfall for the area. He worries the lawsuits and fights could delay the projects -- or worse.
"It may not just delay it, it may mean the end of it," he said.