WHITE HALL — The transformation of the former Middletown Mall into Middletown Commons continues as new renderings of the plans for the property have been released.

A “tremendous amount of demolition” has taken place on the inside of the property over the last five to eight months, according to Christopher L. Wilbert Jr. of Premier Commercial Real Estate Services of Morgantown, who is involved with the project.

“You will start seeing more demolition on the outside here coming shortly,” he said. “We have multiple letters of intent out signed and will be announcing more in the coming months.  We are entertaining the option of a multi-story hotel and a new cinema/movie theatre to go in there as well.”

Several tenants have been confirmed, according to Wilbert.

“There for sure will be a Mexican restaurant, Subway, Asian fusion restaurant, a jewelry store,” he said.

He said Premier Commercial will be working with other current tenants to relocate them into a new space, and they’re “in talks” with multiple other national chain retailers and restaurants.

Brand new renderings of the development have been posted online by Premier Commercial Real Estate Services.

Some of the more dramatic renderings show the planned drive-through area in the middle of the Commons. One of the renderings shows a close-up depiction of a canopy with an intricate design, located at the entrance to this area.

“You will drive directly through the middle underneath the main Middletown logo,” Wilbert said.

The property is being revitalized by owners Richard A. Biafora and David A. Biafora of Biafora Holdings LLC.

According to the Biaforas, the mall will be transformed into an outdoor shopping center similar to Suncrest Towne Centre in Morgantown. The former mall building is being fully renovated, with a new roof and utilities.

Adam Rohaly, the project architect with Omni Associates Architects, previously said parking and lighting will be upgraded, and exterior faces and new landscaping are part of the plans.

Rohaly said it would have a “streetscape feel” that would be pedestrian-friendly.

Wilbert previously said that Middletown Commons “also has the potential to be a hub of healthcare due to it sitting in the heart of North Central West Virginia.”

U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito has said in a statement that “the redevelopment of West Virginia’s oldest mall brings many jobs to the area, and is a great opportunity for economic growth.”

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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