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A Few Hundred Voters Decide Future of Outlet Mall

BERKSHIRE TOWNSHIP (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) A few hundred voters in rural Delaware County had the chance to participate in a pivotal vote Tuesday.

At stake was how long the area would remain rural.

In Berkshire Township, voters were asked if plans for an outlet mall should move forward.

Simon Properties proposed constructing a Tanger Outlet Mall at the interchange if Interstate-71 and State Route 37.

A yes vote would approve a referendum on the zoning change to make way for the mall. A no vote would reverse the zoning change.

Mall supporters want to see the millions of dollars and jobs they expect the mall will bring.

Opponents do not want to experience the traffic, noise and crime they claim will follow the mall.

This decision which could change the face of the county or even the region is to be made by two precincts of voters.

Poll workers reportedly saw a high turnout.  As of 5 p.m., 600 to 800 of the 1,200 registered voters had cast their ballots.

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