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Appearance Committee Not Sold On Redevelopment Plans For South Square Mall

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DURHAM, N.C. — The future of the former South Square Mall was the topic of discussion at the Appearance Commission meeting on Thursday.

The old mall shut down last month after the last tenant moved out.

The company that owns the property wants to make the old shopping center a mixed-use facility of businesses, restaurants and speciality stores.

After listening to a presentation, commission members expressed some concerns about the plan.

"We'd like to see it more pedestrian-friendly. We'd like to see better connections between the main stores and the out parcels," said George Stanziale, chairman of the Appearance Commission. "We'd like to see an increase in landscaping above the minimums that the city requires."

Company officials also said they want to have two major retail chains to anchor the new facility, one of which may be Target.

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