The proposed conversion of the Eastern Hills Mall into a town center cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when the Clarence Town Board approved the rezoning of the 86-acre site.
The Town Board rezoned the mall property at 4545 Transit Road from major arterial, commercial and restricted business to a newly created lifestyle center district that allows for denser and residential development within the mixed-use project.
Clarence Supervisor Patrick Casilio, who supports the site's reuse, said no one spoke at the public hearing preceding the vote.
New Jersey-based mall owner Mountain Development Corp. and Amherst-based Uniland Development Co. plan to redevelop the struggling mall into a walkable town center, anchored by new housing and a mix of retail, restaurants and community attractions.
Uniland previously said the feasibility and planning process is expected to take two to three years.