"I threw in a fortune to rebuild it," he said.
Rent went up to $12 to $15 per square foot.
"It was a power house," he said. "It was a very successful mall."
A longtime resident of the Colonie, Weiss said he felt he owed it to the area to build up the mall.
"I wanted to make sure Latham is protected and Colonie is protected," said Weiss. "It would be a very nice improvement for Latham, for Colonie to do something there."
Check next week's issue of The Spotlight for the history of the mall as a closed-air facility, featuring more from Eugene Weiss, Kevin Franklin and storeowners who inhabited the mall over the years.