Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Botch, Absentee Owner Mess

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Botch, Absentee Owner Mess

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The problem might have been fixed quickly if the mall's owner - Tara Retail Group, headed by Bill Abruzzino of Florida - had immediately rebuilt the roadway. Or granted someone else the right to do so. Or declared bankruptcy and allowed the development to reorganize and rebuild. But Tara stalled and floundered, doing nothing but delay Kanawha County residents and their representatives. The expensive facility lay fallow. Workers remained jobless.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper protested:

"I just thought the owner of a piece of property of that value would be responsible enough to fix it, and that's what we were told. It didn't happen.

Large banks with million-dollar loans to Crossings Mall finally foreclosed and planned to auction the shopping center - finally, a movement to unstop some progress. …

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