Waterford Twp. leaders move forward on mall razing

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 07:16:55 PM. Condemned Summit Place Mall could be demolished in the spring as officials try to spur redevelopment
Waterford Township — The long-vacant Summit Place Mall could have a date with the wrecking ball as soon as next spring, township leaders decided Tuesday. The move after years of delays in addressing building code violations and safety hazards delighted dozens of residents who attended the meeting. Some who spoke said they wanted quick action to tackle an eyesore in the community. “We are sick and tired of hearing excuses for the last several years,” Brent Bott, who lives near the site, told the Board of Trustees. The property’s owners, S.D. Capital of California, will have to submit demo plans, and the demolition would start 180 days after a permit is issued. The nearly 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center near Telegraph and Elizabeth Lake that was condemned in December 2014, was a popular destination for shoppers for decades before strip malls and internet shopping took their toll. It opened in 1963 and once featured some 200 tenants, six anchor stores, a movie theater, restaurants, a food court and specialty businesses. By 2007, the mall was 60 percent vacant. It closed in September 2009 during the recession, leaving two anchor stores, Macy’s and J.C. Penney, which closed in 2010. A Sears store, in a separate building on the property, shut in 2014. S.D. Capital bought the site years ago and in 2014 listed the property for $10 million. Last year, township-appointed dangerous buildings hearing officer Walter Pytiak ordered the demolition of the building, citing code...Read more
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