The owners of the former Ledgewood Mall received township approval this week to begin demolishing the former Macy’s store, the first step in their long-awaited plan to convert the failed mall into the new Shops at Ledgewood Commons shopping center.
The demolition permit, issued Wednesday, allows contractor DAS Group of Rockaway to begin the $250,000 removal of the 73,000-square-foot building. The structure served as a Macy’s store from 1994 until 2015 and has been vacant since then.
Ledgewood Investors, a partnership that owns the building and all others on the 46.6-acre site, decided to demolish the structure because it impeded traffic flow through the property. The company is converting the former mall – which has an interior corridor connecting stores – into an external-entry-only shopping center like the nearby Roxbury Mall, where all businesses have doors leading to the parking lot.