Goodbye Tri-County Mall

Out with the old and in with the new.

If you've driven along Downer Street lately, you'll notice there is a gaping hole in the former Tri-County Mall. That's because Anderson Barney Real Estate Management Group is renovating the 10-plus acre property to bring residents The Shoppes at Baldwinsville.

Owned by a group of investors under the umbrella name Cross Roads Realty Group, the site was originally 220,000 square feet. Cross Roads contracted with Anderson Barnes to handle zoning, construction, management and leasing and the firm's plan is to construct a series of freestanding buildings offering both retail and office space. Once complete, The Shoppes at Baldwinsville will offer approximately 200,000 square feet.

One of the nicest features of the project is the firm's decision to create a visually appealing center for residents and visitors alike.

"We wanted to get away from the standard strip mall with a large parking lot and have a facility that would tie into the village and create a more pedestrian friendly setting with benches and trees," said Paul Anderson of Anderson Barney.

To do this, the firm plans to incorporate stoned lots, brick paving, seating and decorative lighting to create a park-like setting among the buildings. The group also hopes to offer parallel parking in front of buildings to create a village ambience.

"I think this is a great project," said Mayor Joseph Saraceni. "Not only are they creating an area that creates sales tax revenue for village, but also an aesthetically nice area for people to visit."

The firm's commitment to visual appeal was even present during demolition as the front walls of the former mall were left up until the interior was completely removed.

To complete the project, Anderson Barnes has been working closely with the village planning board. The first step was to develop a planned development district, which would create floating zones within the 10-acre property and give the planning board more flexibility and control over the project. The property was originally zoned commercial.

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