WHEATFIELD, NEW YORK – The developer of the Summit Park Mall has overhauled his plans for a proposed sports complex.
Zoran Cocov, owner of the mostly shuttered mall, submitted a new design to the Wheatfield Planning Board in mid-August. The new plan scraps the original inflatable dome concept for permanent metal structures.
While the new metal buildings will match the 96,000 square feet of the previous dome concept, a change in layout now disturbs federally regulated wetlands. This change will require approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Cocov’s company, Summit Outlets LP, will once again have to go through the Planning Board review. Cocov will also likely reapply for the series of tax breaks and grants that have been forfeited due to the project change.
Cyntia Potts, Operations Manager at Summit Outlets LP, believes that the dramatic change in plans will be worth it.
“We feel that the sports plex buildings will be more sustainable,” said Potts. “We believe they will have a longer life value.”
Potts explained that the inflatable domes were originally chosen for affordability, but the durability of a permanent structure now outweighs both the price and the delay.
“The owner feels it is worth the wait,” said Potts.
Potts stated that she is continuing to work on bringing in programs to support the sports complex. Proposed additions include sports and entertainment related stores, as well as new restaurants.
The project overhaul does not affect the Big Thunder brewery, which is set to open by the end of 2017.