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Developer plans to break ground on former Oak Ridge Mall in June
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A North Carolina developer could soon breathe new life into the site of the former Oak Ridge Mall.

Crosland Southeast told 10News that it plans to redevelop the vacant site, breaking ground by late June and have the site up and running by fall 2016.

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The plan for the site is to include 600,000 square-feet of retail and restaurants. The developer would also like to open apartments and a hotel in this area.

Click here to see the site plan.

The location started as a vibrant outdoor shopping center in the 1950s with staples like J.C. Penney and Woolworth's. In the 1980s the shopping center became an enclosed mall. But over the past decade, the shops inside the mall died a slow death.

Crosland Southeast has been in the process of purchasing the old mall for more than a year. The company hopes to create more open-air entrances to the retail space, along with contemporary additions of office and residential buildings.

The goal of the redevelopment is create a downtown feel for the mixed-use development.


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