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Latham Circle overhaul underway

Developers hope to revitalize struggling mall as The Shoppes at Latham Circle

The Shoppes at Latham Circle, ambitiously set to be completed by the fall of 2013, would mean an entirely new look for he run down mall built in 1957.

The Shoppes at Latham Circle, ambitiously set to be completed by the fall of 2013, would mean an entirely new look for he run down mall built in 1957. Submitted Photo

— Colonie Planning Department Director Joe LaCivita said he doesn’t believe the developers will have difficulty finding new tenants, but some potential tenants might be skeptical due to past ownership of the mall. However, bringing in private investors for the mall, he said, could greatly benefit the area by creating new jobs and raising property values.

“It’s a worthwhile opportunity for us,” LaCivita said. “We’re excited. When you see a mall that’s been in a downward decline, and it’s pretty much a focal point … for being the gateway into the Latham area … you want to do anything you possibly can to make sure that gets redeveloped.”

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