Goodbye, Old Mall: Gradually Turning Into the Oakdale Commons
The transformation of Johnson City's Oakdale Mall is moving forward with major infrastructure work that's dramatically changing the south side of the property.
For weeks, large dump trucks have been bringing gravel and other fill to the complex that eventually is expected to become home to several new restaurants and other businesses.
Big drainage pipes and other material have been staged at the site to address flooding issues that had worsened in recent years.
Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said stormwater infrastructure problems are being fixed as part of the massive renovation project. He said the entire parking lot of the old mall is to be repaved as the improvement work continues.
During an interview with News Radio WNBF, Garnar noted the entrance to the south side of the site from Harry L Drive is being reconfigured.
The county executive said "a lot" of demolition work was being done inside the former Macy's store to prepare for new tenants. He said an announcement on that part of the Oakdale Commons project is "imminent."
Garnar said "it is a huge project" and it will attract people "not just from Broome County and from surrounding counties but a lot of people from different parts of the state." He said "we're very excited about it."
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