Group Collects Signatures For Outlet Mall Referendum

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UPDATED: Friday July 5, 2013 6:38 PM

Some Berkshire Township residents are fighting to keep an outlet mall from moving into their community.

10TV News spoke with one resident, who is collecting signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

Rick Bowman said he doesn't think there will be any problem keeping the outlet mall out of town.

Last month, the Berkshire Township trustees gave the Simon-Tanger group the green light.

The development group wants to build an outlet mall southeast of the Interstate 71 interchange at U.S. Route 36/state Route 37.

Bowman said shortly after the trustees approved the group's plan, several community members began collecting signatures.

The residents want to place a referendum on the ballot overturning the trustees’ decision.

10TV spoke with one resident who said she is concerned about increased traffic and the possibility of another empty storefront.

“I’ve seen others that are not doing well, and they are Simon-Tanger malls. You know, I hate to see it built and last 10 years and then all of the sudden, it's not popular anymore, so you have an empty mall right around the corner,” township resident Judy Denton said.

The director of the county board of elections said the group has until July 10 to collect 104 signatures.
 
In June, the Berkshire Township zoning board voted down a different proposal to build an outlet mall at the same intersection.

That proposal is expected to go before trustees later this month.

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