May 1 Target Day For Reopening Old World Mall
By Jim Norman
A meeting of prospective small bus-
enants for a revived Old World
Village Mi" ^ the WestgateShoppmg
Center v eld Tuesday night.
Local architect Donald E. Van Curl-
er, who purchased the 20-acre shop-
ping center Friday for $2.5 million,
says he hopes to have a smaller ver-
sion of the defunct m'p-mall operat-
ing by May 1.
Small businesses interested In one
of the 40 to 50 booths to be available
can attend a meeting set by Van Curl-
er for 7 p.n- ^"sday at the Hidden
Valley club f State Road.
Van Curler and his partner. Ray
r^llain of St. flair, have formed
, Inc., to own'
un; aiiiJppuig i^ciiwi di ihe intersection
of Jackson Road and W. Stadium
It will be managed by their proper- '
ty n business. Flying
Dutch cement, Inc.
Westgate of Ann Arbor will also
own a new True Value Hardware store
to be opened May 1 in the former Old
World Mall building. ^W"" 22,000
square feet of space.
Ano^ier 10,000-square-ioot section of
that building will remain open for
lease — possibly to the Washtenaw
County Deoartment of Social Services,
The rest of the 70,000 square foot
Old World building, formerly an Ar-
lan's store and then a Rink's Bargain
City, will be available for small retail
booths of 200 to 400 square feet, he
Rents will run about $1.50 per
square foot per month including utili-
ties or about the same rates charged
by former Old World promotoer Alan
Ginsburg of Lansing.
Ginsburg closed Old World last ;
after one year's operation.
The Westgate Shopping Center was
sold by a group of 22 investors,
predominantly local, represented by
Ann Arbor Trust Co., for about the
same price they paid for it in 1971.
Major tenants in the 155,000'
square-foot center are a Kroger store
S. Kresge outlet which have re-
extended their leases, and a
Cunningham Drug Store.
Kroger is planning to add 10 "°n
square feet to its 30,000-square fool
Another 6,600-square foot addition is
planned between Kresge's and the Old
World building, says Van Curler, and
negotiations are under way with "a
couple of parties" for construction of
free-standing restaurant near the
Old World building.
Free-standing buildings already
pa - ' ng center include a
S tation. Bill Knapp's
restuarant and a National Bank and
Trust Co. of Ann Arhoi branch; '
Westgate Shopping Center
Westgate of Ann Arbor Inc.
Washtenaw County Social Services Department
True Value Hardware Store
Standard Service Station
Rink's Bargain City
Old World Village Mall
National Bank and Trust Co.
Hidden Valley Clubhouse
Flying Dutchman Management Inc.
Cunningham's Drug Store
Bill Knapp's (Restaurant)
Ann Arbor Businesses
Ann Arbor News
Donald E. Van Curler
Alan H. Ginsburg
W Stadium Blvd