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Recount Upholds Approval of Delaware Co. Outlet Mall

BERKSHIRE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- Opponents of a proposed outlet mall have failed in what will likely be their final attempt to stop construction of the facility in Delaware County.

Berkshire Township officials conducted a recount of votes on a zoning proposal for a Simon-Tanger Outlet mall on Monday, and came to the same conclusion that was reached on Election Day -- 580 for, 560 against.

The recount clears the final apparent hurdle for Simon-Tanger developers, who will build the mall in Berkshire Township along I-71 near the 36/37 interchange.

The Election Day results were not close enough to trigger an automatic recount, but the mall's opponents were able to secure one via a petition that was signed by several township residents.

Critics of the outlet mall are concerned about noise and traffic problems that may accompany the shopping center's addition to the area.

"[I] don't think that Simon-Tanger having a mall in Berkshire Township does anything to protect or preserve the rural character of our township," opponent Ellen Ebe said.

The group that sponsored the recount petition plans to work with an attorney to determine if any further avenues can be pursued in their fight to prevent the mall's construction.

Despite the opposition, Simon-Tanger developers believe the continued support of the township's officials will provide them with the tools necessary to bring quality jobs and retail opportunities to the area.

"One of the reasons we're happy to be in Berkshire Township is, that way, we can work with the trustees and the leaders in the community to make sure it's a true first-class development," Simon-Tanger spokesperson Terry Casey said.

Construction on the mall is expected to begin in 2014.
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