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North Hills Mall Shops For New Look

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RALEIGH, N.C. — There is a new vision for one of the Triangle's oldest shopping malls.

The "new" North Hills Mall has gone through 30 design changes over the past 1.5 years. Now the plan is ready and waiting for the city of Raleigh to approve it.

Kane Realty plans to transform North Hills Mall into shops, restaurants, condominiums and offices. It will also have a hotel and a 16-screen movie theater.

The developers envision a neighborhood mall, catering to people who live close by who can walk over to shop and eat. They call it a "self-contained village." The developers are hoping to attract the Triangle's finest merchants as well as casual and elegant restaurants.

When it was built in 1965, North Hills was the first enclosed mall between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta and attracted people from across North Carolina.

The old mall is due to be demolished in January. If the City Council approves plans for the new mall, construction could begin soon after January, with part of it completed by fall 2004.

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