A developer explained its vision for apartment buildings at Oxford Valley Mall at Middletown Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. Simon Property Group formally submitted a request to change the property’s zoning to build 600 units of apartment housing.

Denise Yarnoff, an attorney representing Simon, opened by expressing the hope this project could serve as a “catalyst.”

“We’re very hopeful that it will act to revitalize and reinvigorate the mall and to do great things in the future,” Yarnoff said.

Based in Indianapolis, IN, Simon Properties owns Oxford Valley Mall. It is the largest shopping mall operator in the United States.

AVE Blue Bell apartments being developed in Montgomery County. Image via CornerstoneTracy.

Members of developer CornerstoneTracy presented as well, explaining a cooperative effort between them and Simon. Co-owner David Della Porta explained this is not the first time they’ve worked on old malls.

“Adding residential and other mixed-use, like offices and more modern environments, has really revitalized these old malls, revitalized whole communities, and revitalized towns,” Porta asserted. “We believe that can work here.”

Right now, the plans are still being brainstormed. The presenters showed examples of their other work from other projects in place of concept art for Oxford Valley Mall.

The apartments would be split between two buildings located on the old Boscovs and surrounding parking lot. Porta said they would use 20 acres of the mall’s total 190 acre property.