BETHEL PARK, Pa. - South Hills Village in Bethel Park could soon look a lot different, as a big renovation is one step closer to reality.
The plan includes a lot of changes, even possibly taking out the food court.
Simon Property Group pitched its major renovation proposal to Bethel Park's planning and zoning commission Wednesday night, where members approved it unanimously in a preliminary vote.
"Instead of an old, ugly, department store building, you’re going to have an engaged, outward-facing experience which will be much more aesthetically pleasing," said Scott Richardson, vice president of development at Simon.
The first phase would be renovating the old Sears building and Auto Center.
Eventually, other phases would include taking out the food court and adding several restaurants throughout the mall, plus a luxury gym that includes a spa and indoor and outdoor pools.
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"It’s a needed renovation. Most malls, as you know, around the area are becoming obsolete, and they’re trying to upgrade it to make it more popular," Richardson said.
Simon Property Group did not release a total price tag on the projec, but called it a substantial investment.
"The Ross Park customer is a Ross Park customer. The South Hills customer is a South Hills customer, so what we are doing here is catering to the South Hills customer," Richardson said.
The plans are preliminary, and the proposal will now be moved to town council.
If all is approved, demolition could start this fall.
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