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Outlet Village walls going up

February 09, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

by Ric Dugan / staff photographer

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Outlet Village walls going up

The first walls of the $40 million Outlet Village of Hagerstown were raised Monday, keeping the mall on track for a mid-summer opening.

Project Manager Jim Eldridge said the 233,000-square-foot first phase of construction is on schedule, with foundations laid and concrete floors poured for three of the four buildings.

A grand opening date will depend on the weather, Eldridge said.

The 30-foot-tall, 30-ton walls were to have been raised last week, but crews were delayed by rain.

Eldridge said work to upgrade Sharpsburg Pike to include additional turn lanes and an upgrade of Oak Ridge Drive should begin in the next few weeks.

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Eldridge said the names of the outlet mall's tenants would be released about a month or two before the shopping center opens.

Harvey Cleary Engineers and Builders of Rockville, Md., is the general contractor, Eldridge said.

The village, designed to be built in three phases, is to have a total of 410,000 square feet, 100 stores and 1,000 workers.

The first phase will include about 50 stores and an enclosed food court, employ about 400 people, and generate $2 million to $3 million in annual sales taxes.

Eldridge said the timing of additional phases would depend on the demand for space by tenants and the number of shoppers.

Prime Retail hopes to draw shoppers from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Frederick, Md., as well as from the Tri-State area.

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