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Part 2: Nanuet Mall to Become 'The Shops at Nanuet' with a Main Street [VIDEO]

Check back with Patch tomorrow for information about mall access, parking and questions from Planning Board members

Last night was an informational meeting between the Clarkstown Planning Board and Simon Property Group, Inc. Simon revealed their plans, walked through the plans and took questions from town officials. Since this was an informational meeting, no questions were taken from the public.

Read about the meeting’s outcome in a 4-part series today and tomorrow. Earlier today, the Patch article went over the . Check that first article for pictures from the meeting. This article will look at demolition, construction and a rough timeline. Check back with Patch tomorrow to find out more on what went on at the meeting.

Demolition/Construction:

Simon plans to start demolition inside the mall and then they move to the outside. They will knock down the buildings they own, which is the main concourse of the mall, the former Boscov’s department store building and the two-story parking structure adjacent to the mall off Route 59. Macy's and Sears will remain as they own their respective buildings.

“The existing Macy’s building and Sears and Sears Auto buildings will remain as is on the project and everything else will be demolished,” said Dwayne Furukawa, regional vice president of development for Simon. “Everything else will become new construction.”

Sam Fattah is the vice president of project management for Simon Property.

“We’re going to have a solid barricade around all the areas we’re going to demolish,” said Fattah. “There’s actually going to be a fence, which is 8-feet tall and has a screen, and then a walkway for pedestrians and then a barricade which is going to be Jersey barriers to protect the pedestrians from vehicular traffic.

We’re leaving all the entrances open during construction. The plan is to have customer traffic still drive in and around to Sears and to Macy’s. There’s no contact between the public and the construction site.”

“We plan to start this work after the holidays, so essentially, Jan. 5 is when we’ll start putting up the fence. So while (demolition) happens, we’ll have the standard protections, like against dust. Because there will be some dust and we do that by keeping the site moist.”

“(Starting in the wintertime) of course is not a bad time to do this kind of work because there will probably be some … snow to help with the dust issue and there will also be less people out on the street.”

“We have to start the asbestos work earlier so we will be starting before January, but the public will not see that. That will be behind locked doors and barricades and the public will only start seeing activity come January.

During heavy rain, this area pretty much goes underwater,” said Furukawa, pointing to the parking lot area near the northeast corner of the site by Route 59 and Middletown Road. So part of our proposal is to put in underground storage systems to handle that.”

Rough Timeline:

1. “Before we do anything, we have to barricade off the Sears building, the two entrances that connect the Sears building to the mall and likewise with Macy’s,” said Fattah. “All the other entrances will remain open as normal and will not be affected at all. ”

2. “Any work that happens after that will be on the interior. So we start with hazardous materials, asbestos abatement. As we all know, these older buildings have quite a bit of that. We have some interior demolition to do as well because some of the asbestos get behind the interior finishes.”

3. “Then after we clean all that up, we start chomping away at the building … starting with Boscov’s and the parking garage and working our way back toward Macy’s.”

4. “As we start tearing down the buildings, by June … the building should be completely demolished and at that point we hope to start  site work and foundation work and start building the buildings from there.”

5. Simon envisions the mall to be open in time for the 2013 holiday season.

More information?

After they’re finalized, renderings of all the drawings shown last night will soon be at the Planning Board office at Town Hall. Also, come to the next Nanuet Civic Association meeting at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Nanuet Library’s community room where this topic will most likely be discussed. Simon is on the tentative schedule for the Planning Department’s Nov. 30 meeting.

Read about the meeting’s outcome in a 4-part series today and tomorrow. Tomorrow, there will be more articles looking at parking, access and questions from the Planning Board members

Michael Nowicki October 27, 2011 at 08:26 PM
It makes no sense to tear down a perfectly good building, that is head and shoulders above the Palisades mall, in terms of looks. Why can't Simon just work on attracting tenants that want a more upscale building and that are different from the Palisades tenants? How about higher end shops, decent restaurants, and an IMAX theater?
Scott F. October 27, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Upscale stores do not work in Rockland, just look at the Palisades Center. Any "nice" store, Brooks Brothers for example failed.
Walt October 27, 2011 at 09:32 PM
We are beyond the saturation point for malls in Rockland. Why buy clothing in NY when I can go to NJ and not pay any sales tax? If I'm going out to dinner, a restaurant chain inside a mall is one of the last places I would select and I can get electronics and other specialty items online at a cheaper price with an unlimited selection. It's as simple as that.
Rhonda October 27, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Whole Foods, Wegman's, or Fairway?
Elaine Duddy October 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Why would we go to an outdoor mall when we don't have the climate for it here in Rockland? I know this is popular down south and out west but when it's freezing out, I don't see people wanting to go from store to store or when it's really cold. The Nanuet Mall is a beautiful mall and if the right retailers move in, I think there might be a revival of business. Taring it down doesn't seem to make any sense. The Garden State Mall was an outdoor mall and then became enclosed. Why are you doing the oppoisite? Very puzzling indeed!!!!!!!!!!
Scotty October 28, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Sad, the Mall I grew up with as a teenager is being torn down. I actually had my first "real" job after newspaper delivery boy at a fast food burger drive- in before the mall was even built. Does anybody remember "Jolly Boy's " and the sign said 25 cents or something like that. My friend's father owned it and hired me on weekends . It was approx right at the entrance of the mall at rte 59. Nothing behind this place other than a huge field with overgrown trees and wheat-like stalks. You drive up, get out and order to take back to your car or eat at the 4 or 5 picnic tables he had there. Sad that now even the mall will be going. Progress I guess.
Felicia October 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM
I dont understand why they feel the need to scrap the whole building either bit I'm glad to see something being done. i would much rather go to the nanuet mall than the palisadea center.
Madeline October 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM
I too am sad to see the Nanuet Mall go... I remember when it was built and will hate to see it demolished, hopefully the will do an environmentally friendly demo and take the time to recycle some of the building materials. I love the new concept. It will create a real sense of downtown and its esthecially pleasing as well. I think we are all finished with the look of the big mega malls why not be open minded and add a whole other demention to our community.. I for one dislike the whole shopping experience of the Palisades Center Mall and its cold sterile look. I am anxiously awaiting this new and inventive idea.
Peggy October 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Trader Joes? Maybe something fun for teens who are bored with the Palisades Mall. I agree with Walt, I buy what I need online or at Costco. I only go to the mall for movies, rarely to eat. The Palisades Mall is for kids and tourists, it is empty on weekdays. Anyone ever notice that?
Scott Walters October 28, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Here is what is really going to happen....The demolition will take place and then Simon will claim they can't make money from the new project and they will sell the land at a loss. I'll be at the ribbon cutting iand will have a sign saying, "Oops, I was wrong!" if this does come to fruition in the form that SImaon says....LOL
Don October 28, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Bingo. And just in time for the elections, our local politicians "look good" for making this deal happen.

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