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W. Mifflin council addresses mall story

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:01 a.m.
CHRISTY WALTERS | DAILY NEWS
West Mifflin borough recognized the retirement of public works employee Ronald Matis. Council president Michael Moses, center, and police Chief Ken Davies, left, presented Matis with his award.

West Mifflin Mayor Christopher Kelly and council members on Tuesday evening addressed points made in an article published in The Daily News about Century III Mall.

The article, published on Monday, stated that the mall's property value hit an all-time low last month when the property tax appeal was settled for $11.5 million.

“People don't realize the extended service that we've been working with,” Kelly said about Las Vegas-based Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC, which purchased Century III in May 2013.

“They'll put millions of dollars in the infrastructure, the roads, the roofs ... you have to complete that first.”

The article focused mainly on the decline of the mall property since 1997 and the effect of the mall's reduced value on the budgets of the borough and West Mifflin Area School District.

“I guess people were assuming that the assessment value drop was going to have a big effect on the borough, which we knew it was, and we planned for it,” borough manager Brian Kamauf said.

Council president Michael Moses said the borough is looking toward a bright future in revamping Century III Mall.

“We're pretty much on the cusp of seeing changes,” Moses said. “This is old news.”

Councilman Scott Stephenson said Moonbeam Capital's initiatives show positive progress for the mall.

“There is something in the works, you just have to be patient. They're not here to flip it and resell it. They're here to make some money, from what I understand. There's some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Moonbeam Capital has considered adding a multi-screen movie theater to the mall but has not released further plans for redevelopment.

In other news, the borough recognized the retirement of public works employee Ronald Matis, who served the community for more than 41 years. Matis was presented with an award on behalf of the borough.

Council elected to participate in Duquesne Light's LED Municipal Cobrahead Street Light Conversion Pilot Program at a cost of $1,090 for removal of the current streetlight fixtures. The initial program will replace 10 streetlights.

Council approved a sales agreement with FROGGY Radio to secure advertising for a country concert tour that will coincide with West Mifflin Community Day. Headlining artist will be RaeLynn, who appeared on season two of “The Voice.”

Recreation director Tony DiCenzo announced that Tom and Mary Beth Hacke are having a monument made that they hope to place at the playground at West Mifflin Community Park (also known as Ryan Hacke Park) in their son's honor.

Christy Walters is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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