All stores at the renovated will have outside entrances if plans under consideration by the owners come to fruition, according to sources associated with the project.
Even before the recent closings of , sources associated with the project decided a major overhaul of the more than 40-year-old shopping center was in order.
The mall has survived the demise of a number of businesses, including Montgomery Ward, one of its original anchors.
“This will be a trophy power center,” a person associated with the project said. “It won’t be competitive with downtown Deerfield. We’re going to improve the center with functional, better space. We’re getting rid of the mall portion. Every store will have an outside entrance.”
Representatives of Deerbrook have been working with the Village as they develop their plan. in the near future.
“Staff and I have been working actively with ownership on a long term effort to reinvigorate that shopping center,” Rosenthal said at the April 16 Village Board meeting. “We expect a letter of intent detailing a strategic multi phased approach on this key property in the next few weeks.”
Sources associated with the project plan on a mix large format stores like the existing and to remain much as they are. is expected to remain an integral part of the development. “We are happy with T.J. Maxx,” the source said.
These larger enterprises will be blended with smaller operators like and restaurants such as . The outparcels like the Devon Bank will be part of the plan as well.