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Reading Outlets looking to make a comeback

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A Berks county developer announced plans to start the redevelopment and renewal of the former Reading Outlets; which was one of the first shopping locales to become a well-known tourist destination.

The Shuman Development Group, which recently has redeveloped, leased, and sold over 10 million square feet of property in downtown Reading, announced major plans for the The Big Mill building on North Eight Street to be completed by this summer.

The plan involves turning the 120,000 square foot property into both commercial and residential space. Stores, farmers market, urgent care facility, and child care center will be housed in 42,000 square feet of the building. The remaining space will be turned into residential upscale apartments.

The Shuman Group has a track record of success in the area and purchased 10 buildings with over 640,000 square feet of former outlet space since 2006. Their first project was building a grocery store on some of that space, and the group is looking to do much more with these properties to bring the commercial heart back to the city.

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