Berkshire Mall Redevelopment Plans Announced

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Berkshire Mall owners have announced plans for the redevelopment of most of the mall into mixed use apartment living and a Migrant Welcoming Center.

In the developers proposal, the apartments will be a mix of studio and one bedroom units consisting of between 400-800 square feet. Due to the historical integrity of the building, the developer  announced they will not be adding windows and all natural light will enter through the existing skylights. Owners have estimated the rent will be $2000 a month for a studio and up to $2800 for apartments with a skylight.

The Migrant Welcoming Center, which will be in the old Sears anchor, will provide resources to immigrants including a free boxed lunch and a voucher for a three-night stay at the Inn at Reading. The plans include constructing an underground tunnel between the mall and the Inn At Reading under the bypass for easy travel between.

Proposed plans also include constructing a Drive-In Theater on the southeast portion of the mall parking lot. Due to licensing issues it will likely only be able to play adult films. The borough council agreed to issue permits for the theater as long as the screen is oriented away from the bypass to reduce traffic accidents.

Boscov’s will remain unaltered and open during construction.

Check back for updates. Or don’t, because April Fools.


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Karen S.
Karen S.
14 days ago

Hmm…a drive-in movie theatre that can only show adult films?? Glad they’re facing it away from the highway.

Marty E
Marty E
14 days ago

You almost had me! Nice try

Brian Dority
Brian Dority
14 days ago

Hahaha! OMG!!!! Hate to say it but you got me.

Paul Hoffman
Paul Hoffman
14 days ago

You had me at “redevelopment”.

Ted Flowers
Ted Flowers
14 days ago

The author admits it’s April Fools but don’t laugh too loud. It aligns with a Commonwealth mentality.

Tom Moll
Tom Moll
14 days ago

That was enough to cause heart failure! Happy April Fools Day……..

Jeff
Jeff
14 days ago

You had me till the tunnel part. Well done.

Sallie
Sallie
14 days ago

Had me for a minute!

Regina
Regina
14 days ago

Something seemed odd from the beginning. I wasn’t fooled for long. The tunnel clinched it!!

David Doney
David Doney
14 days ago

HA HA Got me until the Drive-In, adult only comment. Good one!

Eric G.
Eric G.
14 days ago

Can’t wait!

Jay Osborne
Jay Osborne
14 days ago

This has to be an April fools joke

Richard Wenrich Sr
Richard Wenrich Sr
14 days ago

Good one Alexa, good to start the day off with a laugh.

Dave L.
Dave L.
14 days ago

I was reading the article to my wife, and as she was ready to: “CALL SOMEBODY!” I got to the end.
Hah.. Thanks Alexa

Kat
Kat
14 days ago
Reply to  Dave L.

I do not think this was funny at all I was ready to contact the borough, and to the idiot who wrote this I am furious because after reading a bit in the beginning I was extremely upset until I realized it was an April Fools Joke. WIth Biden at the helm who knows what will happen today.

Mike
Mike
13 days ago
Reply to  Kat

Get over yourself. It was a joke

Jared Hoch
Jared Hoch
13 days ago
Reply to  Kat

Not a fan of Mr. Biden myself, but honestly, what would he have to do with any of this anyway?

Jay Hartman
Jay Hartman
13 days ago
Reply to  Kat

Racist much? Keep drinking the kool aid

Roger
Roger
13 days ago

Lol I was gonna comment on the ridiculousness of it all then I read the other comments. You got me, that’s awesome! 😆

Jack L
Jack L
13 days ago

So they are NOT going to put in a drive in theater?? I just found my binoculars!

Tracie
Tracie
13 days ago

Almost got me! LOL

Kathleen Shiffert
Kathleen Shiffert
13 days ago

Was this voted on by the Berks county tax payers?

Last edited 13 days ago by Kathleen Shiffert
Jared Hoch
Jared Hoch
13 days ago

I don’t think they hold votes for April Fools jokes.

Lawrence Marchek
Lawrence Marchek
12 days ago

Is this an April Fools joke?


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