Plans Progressing for New Northway Mall

Developers have identified several priorities.

It’s been nearly two months since Akron-based Levey & Company finalized its purchase of the Shoppes at Northway, more commonly referred to as the Northway Mall. To look at the mall, it would appear very little has changed and little is going on, but behind the scenes is a much different story. 

“We’re very busy right now, talking to many potential tenants,” said Gary G. O’Nesti; special projects director Levey & Company. “This process takes time. We have to get prospective tenants to understand the scope of the project.” 

O’Nesti says there is no shortage of interest. 

“This is a very good location and our chore is to figure out how do we do this right,” he said. “Hopefully we will be adding additional land, which will give us even more room to work with.” 

That additional land is the site of the former Northway Elementary School, which Levey & Company purchased in December. The Ross Township Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on whether to rezone that property from residential to commercial on Monday, Feb. 4. The Ross Planning commission recommended approval of the rezoning at its meeting on Dec. 20. 

“We hope to give the site what it’s needed for 60 years, room to expand,” said O’Nesti. “One of the shortfalls has always been a lack of parking.” 

While still in the design phase, O’Nesti and Cleveland based architect Noel L. Cupkovic  have identified several priorities. Among them: 

  • Connectivity & Parking: One possibility is a parking garage, on the western side, behind the retail shops, to draw people into the mall complex.
  • Attractive Design: “It’s very important we articulate what the new mall will be, and that doesn't mean tearing everything down, but rather add flair and flavor to the parts of the mall that best suit our tenants,” said O’Nesti.
  • Attracting new and popular restaurants. 

O’Nesti and his team will get a chance to roll out many of their plans before thousands of potential tenants at the International Council of Shopping Centers annual real estate convention in Las Vegas in May. 

“It’s a three-day open forum where we can showcase our plans and gauge interest among potential tenants,” said O’Nesti. “That will be key in helping us figure out exactly what the new Northway Mall will be.”

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SLR January 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM
A Trader Joe's would draw a large steady flow of shoppers.
Joe Conroy January 30, 2013 at 01:14 PM
SLR----I'll second the trader Joe's.
Ferg January 30, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I too would love a Trader Joe's!
Wendy Samek January 30, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Trader Joes is supposed to be going into McCandless Crossing.
McKnightmare January 30, 2013 at 02:53 PM
the drawing makes it look like a convention center. Maybe we should go with that, "Northway Convention Center". The building of this waste-of-time will be old news once McCandless Crossing hits full tilt, and The Pines seems to be building more outparcels too. Long live McCandless!
Lisa M January 30, 2013 at 05:20 PM
We would love a Trader Joes in our community.
Computer Jim January 30, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Great place for a casino.
Nancy Dorn January 31, 2013 at 05:34 AM
I love the idea of some new reataurants!
Nancy Dorn January 31, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Some new restaurants in the area would be great!
Computer Jim January 31, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Casinos have restaurants.
Diane M Zottola January 31, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Make it an indoor mall again... Outdoor was a disaster
Harris February 07, 2013 at 11:24 PM
We better get some reasonable higher end stuff-Not some mattress stores or taxes or nail places. NA is making Ross look like garbage day by day. If it wasn't for Ross Park and our proximity to Downtown/Oakland we would literally be going downhill like Monroeville.
Computer Jim February 08, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Mc knight rd looks like a dump no restaurants.
marianne mohoska March 28, 2013 at 02:54 PM
marianne mohoska March 28, 2013 at 02:55 PM
so go to Rivers, it's not that far.....
marianne mohoska March 28, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Joe's would be great!
McKnightmare March 28, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Great place for a flea market, with indoor rides on the first glass elevator!
SLR March 29, 2013 at 02:07 AM
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