CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A conceptual plan to redevelop part of Southgate Mall as a senior citizen apartment complex received a skeptical reception from some of the more than 60 community residents at a public meeting on Chambersburg's Elm Street neighborhood revitalization plan.
PIRHL Developers of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, is proposing a 32-unit, two-story $6.8 million project on 2.5 acres of the mall property, which is owned by Paran Management of Cleveland, Ohio. The project would include a small park that would be turned over to the borough once it is built, said David J. Uram of PIRHL.
Financing would include a mix of federal and state loans and tax credits and a nonprofit partner would be the majority owner and manage the complex, Uram said. If the project meets borough approvals, construction would not start until early 2009, he said.
In a second phase of the project, PIRHL would give Paran Management $200,000 to $400,000 to pay for facade, landscaping and parking area improvements at the mall, Uram said.