Ambitious $2.2B conversion of Summit Mall into ‘stop-and-stay’ destination kicks off


The sound of a baseball bat connecting with a ball rips across the vast room, as players from Niagara County Community College’s team practiced their swings Thursday morning amid a sea of netting.

But this isn’t your ordinary setting for batting cages.

This is the inside of the former Sears store at Summit Park Mall – part of the new Niagara International Sports & Entertainment Center.

And it’s just the beginning of what owner Zoran Cocov envisions as a $2.2 billion reuse project to bring new life to an aged but empty retail complex, while drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to Western New York.

The Buffalo News

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