Rotterdam Square Mall unveils updates

Rebecca Valenti, Rotterdam Square's marketing manager, said that Macerich is also considering the installation of a children's soft-play area and the construction of family bathrooms.

"It's not just a retail destination," said Valenti. "We want to be a community partner."

Leesa Pagan, director of work-force development and public affairs for the Chamber of Schenectady County, said she's noticed a marked difference in the mall's role as a community member since Macerich took ownership three years ago.

Pagan said that earlier this year, the Chamber co-sponsored a county job fair at the mall. She also noted that mall officials helped volunteer at the Chamber's annual golf tournament at the Stadium Golf Club earlier this month.

"Macerich has gone above and beyond where the average company would go," said Pagan. "They've taken valuable retail space and turned it into a

lounge to ensure a comfortable shopping experience"

Valenti said the mall is always open to the possibility of adding more retail stores, but said there were no plans for a physical expansion of the 583,000-sqaure-foot building.

"We're currently at 90 percent retail capacity," said Valenti. ""

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