If you thought the Galleries Mall was doomed, the mall has been saved from its demise thanks to a group of volunteers who are working to keep the mall’s façade intact.
The Galleries mall, located at 1260 North Central Avenue, was the home of the Poughkeepsey Mall and its namesake store from the 1960s to the early 2000s.
The mall was also home to the Gallant Garden Center, a new restaurant and retail space.
The Galleries also hosted the Pughville and Poughgetts Mall in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the Paughman Galleries, a former clothing store that opened in 2007.
But by the early 1990s, the Gallersons Mall was nearing the end of its life.
According to the National Geographic blog, “Over the past three decades, a number of projects, including a new mall and a new grocery store, have been designed, built and opened by Galleries-area residents and businesses to help stabilize the mall and improve its aesthetic.”
The project is still underway, but it appears to be getting the job done, with the mall looking like it’s ready to return to its former glory.
The mall’s facade was covered in graffiti over the years, but the current mural project was completed in January, according to a Galleries News article.
The site is now home to a new shopping center and a retail space, as part of the Gallery Mall Alliance, a partnership between the mall, the Alliance of North American Cities and the city of Poughkeys.
The coalition was formed to help the mall maintain its identity and heritage.
“It’s just a wonderful thing to have done,” Pughtown Mayor Steve M. Baugh told the Puffington Post.
“The Galleria Mall is the jewel of Pugh Town, and it’s our goal to preserve it for all time.
It’s a great asset to the town.”
A new shopping area and new grocery location are part of a $1.6 million renovation plan at the mall.
According to the Pougkeys News, the new grocery space will include a fresh produce and local foods section and will include an on-site bakery and coffee shop.
It also includes a new fitness center, and will feature an outdoor amphitheater and outdoor fitness studio.
The plan for the mall is being funded through the Galletts Alliance.
Poughtown officials said the mall will remain open to the public until at least the end or beginning of 2020.
“This is a fantastic thing that Galleries has done, and we’re excited about what’s coming,” said PughTown Mayor Steve Baugh.
“We’re hopeful the mall can return to what we know it can be.”