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Greetings from Stehekin, WA. Yes indeed the 1970 opened Beaver Valley Mall and the fountain in my follow-up discussion here, is one of the very early 'classic designs' and seen by many as a most favorite. The single center jet or gusher also creates that certain sound that fountains are known for and then through its press and rush of a large body of water in a single column format, certainly attracts people's attention. I personally have favored this type of fountain 'gusher-design' throughout my entire career in the mall business, instead of the smaller ornamental fountain types.
Coincidently I just recently talked with a friend who still lives in Youngstown. The Beaver Valley Mall came up as part of our 'York Steakhouse' discussion (a tenant everybody wanted at the time) and since he used to work for William M. Cafaro and Associates in Niles outside Youngstown. Cafaro was the original developer of Beaver Valley Mall. It's a small world after all.
The mall unfortunately is now owned by 'Namdar' who does come with a much tainted investor and landlord reputation. Behind Namdar's business plans or money making schemes are cheap debt from overseas investors, cash from piecemeal sales of land broken off from its mall properties, and a business model based on a gamble that worst-performing malls can make money, if little enough is spent on their original acquisition and then virtually no maintenance (CAM) upkeep being provided.
It's distressing for me to see malls like Beaver Valley in the hands of "Pirates" and bottom-fishers with dubious agendas. But the world has changed and not necessarily for the better. In this regard Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA, may find itself in a rather tenuous situation, as Namdar will only do what is absolutely necessary to keep the mall running and not a penny more.
Perhaps Tal Gorjian the Director of Property Management at Namdar Realty will be authorized to stepping forward soon to be a fresh breeze of air and bringing the Center Township people up to date? But that may be wishful thinking. The only thing that I do hope for now is that our favorite fountain will survive the new Namdar treatment?
There is nothing better for me than a true 'Home Town Mall'
The new man in the highchair and owner of Beaver Valley Mall. So it looks
Igal Namdar is plowing forward including with many of his properties in
“disrepair” and perhaps with things not what they appear to be.
All those choices. Yes "York Steak House" in those days was a big treat.
Perhaps a forerunner of other steakhouses which copied the principal
idea like Outback and Lone Star. But York was possibly the only steakhouse
ever serving cafeteria style.
That's an awesome shot!
I love that fountain. So many malls get rid of their fountains these days. Especially when they remodel malls. But BVM has theirs and have made them look spectacular.