The Poughkeepsie Galleria is celebrating 30 years in business this weekend, but across the river in Kingston it's a different story for the Hudson Valley Mall.

The Hull Property Group bought the distressed Mall back in January and they are going to go for a big turn-a-round. Putting their money where their mouth is, the group is sinking over $1 million just to make the place look presentable again. Hudson Valley One reports that the owners are looking to create a place that can be used for multiple reasons.

For example, the company is currently in talks with Health Quest about converting the 81,000-square-foot former Macy’s store into a medical center offering a wide range of patient care services.

On-line shopping has hurt brick and mortar stores all over the country, but the Hudson Valley Mall is a unique property. It sits on top of a hill and is 65 acres of prime real estate. Much of it is paved and of course there are those big empty buildings on the lot.

It is best to give this place a serious push because having it turn into a Zombie Mall for decades will scar Kingston in lots of different ways. The city already was hurt by IBM's pull out years ago. Many of those buildings were just left vacant. We will keep you posted on progress made by the Hull Property Group.

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