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Sterling has already started meetings with residents in the area. More are expected through the year. It’ll likely be the end of 2018 before the approval process from the county is done, assuming commissioners decide to approve.
The owners have seen the mall fall from prominence, ending up with mostly empty stores. The closure of Macy’s two years ago was a big blow.
But Sterling hopes bending to market trends will help.
“Outdoor malls are back in,” the attorney said. “Indoor malls are almost a thing of the past.”
Residents of the planned multi-family units and townhomes would also be built-in customers.
If approved, the construction would be the latest in a steady clip of development in the area of U.S. 78 running through unincorporated DeKalb. A large mixed-use center has also sprung up at the corner of Church Street, bringing apartments and sizable retail tenants including Sprouts Farmers Market and ALDI grocery.
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