Developers share plans for site of old Salisbury mall
SALISBURY, Md. – After years of sitting vacant for more than a decade it appears the site of the old Salisbury mall is set to get redeveloped. Officials say it’s in a prime location just off of Beaglin Park Drive and they say it’s been empty for far too long.
“I think this piece of parcel is now the bull’s-eye of Salisbury,” says John Hanenfeld with Broker Post.
The vacant piece of land, over run with weeds, is about to be transformed.
“There’s been a lot of discussion about what’s become an eyesore, I think, a vacant piece of property in the city right near the heart of the city just north of the city park and just east of downtown,” says Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.
Once the site of the Salisbury Mall, the city finally has new plans for what will replace it.
“The vision now is a safe and enjoyable livable walkable community,” says Hanenfeld.
It’s a plan that Mayor Jake Day is excited to see become a reality.
“This development is about 150 single family homes that will be developed by a national home developer about 250+ apartments and 70 thousand square feet of retail and restaurant office space,” says Day.
Developers tell 47 ABC the community will be offer something different than what the city has now.
“They envision possibly four stories with elevator small garden apartment here which would distinguish itself tremendously compared to the walk ups that you see in town,” says Hanenfeld.
The plan is to get the housing in first before any commercial spaces.
“There will be something that will compliment the residential build, a place for a family to get a cup of coffee or a micro pub or a place to get fuel and a convenience store. Hopefully there will even be a small grocery store that will have interest in coming here,” says Hanenfeld.
Officials tell 47 ABC they can’t wait because this lot has a lot of potential.
“So when you think about the valuable sites in your city for reimbursement and those that have the most economic potential to do good both for the city but also the economy in general this is it this is perfect,” says Day.
If everything goes as planned, shovels could be in the ground by late spring of 2020.
Officials add that this plan is much different from the one proposed back in 2003. The old plan they say had a lot more homes. But developers tell 47 ABC that’s not really something people are interested in anymore so this new plan is more spaced out.