The Schuylkill Mall is slowly coming down
FRACKVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WOLF-TV) —
The plants inside the Schuylkill Mall are dying.
That's because no one's been here to water them.
The mall closed last month.
So now, brick by brick, it's slowly being reduced to a pile of rubble.
“It's bittersweet. Certainly, we all have an emotional connection with the mall in our community. I grew up there, going there on Friday nights. And it's certainly sad to see it go,” Brian Hansbury, with the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, said.
For the past three weeks, crews with Miller Brothers Construction have been working on one section of the mall.
It's the site of the former Sears.
The two businesses still operating at the mall will relocate across the way next to Big Lots.
The once popular gathering spot for Schuylkill county residents faltered over the years as demand for in person shopping decreased.
"Buying patterns today have really changed how people are going to malls. A lot of people are doing it online these days,” Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage said.
The mall's former owner recently filed for bankruptcy protection.
Missouri based North Point Development submitted the winning bid at the auction.
"They have since then developed plans to build two industrial buildings in the facility. One, an 880 square foot building; another a smaller, approximately 350 square foot building,” Hansbury said.
The two new buildings could bring about 800 jobs to the area.
North Point hasn't found a tenant for the site yet, but there isn't a concern the space won't be filled.
There's confidence this new project will breathe new life into this part of Schuylkill County.
"We're looking at a lot of jobs, a lot of family sustaining jobs, and it's going to bring our young people back and do some very positive things for our community,” Halcovage added.
The demolition is scheduled to be completed by July.