Condo Rumors Untrue, Mall Owner's Son Says

Alex DiChiara said his family has no intention of selling Washington Township's Washington Town Center or of replacing the strip mall with condominiums.

The owner of the Washington Town Center has no plans to build condominiums at the site, despite rumors to the contrary, according to Alex DiChiara, the owner's son.

As many of the center's storefronts have remained vacant, rumors have circulated among Washington Township residents that the owner, Adele DiChiara, planned to replace the strip mall with a condo development.

Alex DiChiara and John Azarian, the mall's leasing agent, both told Patch that there are no plans to build condos or sell it to another developer.

"There simply aren’t any hidden agendas as some residents imagine," Alex DiChiara wrote in an email to Patch.

DiChiara's family has owned the property since 1959. Alex DiChiara, who now works in real estate on the West Coast, was involved in the site's management during the 1980s and from 2005 to 2008. Alex Dichiara said he and other family members would like to be involved in running the site, but Adele will not let them. 

"My family is interested in achieve one thing: return the property to a thriving retail center," Alex DiChiara wrote.

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Steve Kohlreiter September 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The next to last paragraph says it all. Alex and other family members would like to be more involved but their Mother won't let them. Adele is the only one who knows what the real plans are.
Bob September 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Its a dead mall and will soon go the way of Buddy's Barbers
B@B September 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
If they are no longer running the shopping center, how do they know what her plans for it are? It's clear that she has no interest in keeping the strip mall as a going concern, or she would lower the rent and provide incentives for new tenants. This is another area where the town governance should be more engaged, but they are too busy kissing the boots of the owner of Seasons and the lawyers for Sky Trading.
scruffy September 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Although we might be happier with a completely occupied shopping center the fact is she does not have to rent any of the space she could let them all go empty. She does however have to keep the property up. As for her son making statements about the property since he says in the article that he is not involved then he cannot make any claims about what is or will happen until such time as he is.
Kelly Van Rijn September 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM
"My family is interested in achieve one thing: return the property to a thriving retail center," Alex DiChiara wrote. Yeah, by raising rates so high that even a cash printing machine like Dunkin Donuts has to move?
Westwoodian since '91 September 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I believe there is a hazardous/chemical problem at the Center leftover from a previous dry cleaner. You'd have to clean that mess up before you built condos??


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