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Photos: The Gallery mall looks so lonely and abandoned

Dust, debris, and a stripped escalator

East Market renovations are well underway, with retail at 11th and Market streets scheduled to open as early as this fall. But just a few blocks away, the shuttered Gallery Mall sits in a sorry state as it waits to be renovated into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.

A recent walk under the tunnel at 9th and Market revealed a closed-off corner with renderings of the $325 million renovations plastered along the fence. But the interior of the building has been left open and exposed, allowing passersby to peek through the dusty windows at what’s left of the mall.

The Gallery opened in 1977 and underwent some expansions over the years. PREIT began acquiring parts of the property in the early 2000s, and announced plans for the redevelopment in 2014. By 2015, the Gallery closed for good, awaiting renovations.

The Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia is one big part of Market East’s revitalization. Developers PREIT and partner Macerich had planned for the outlets to open in 2017, but that date was pushed back to 2018 due to negotiations with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, according to CBS 3.

When all is said and done, the 730,000-square-foot redevelopment will span three blocks and feature 125 retail outlets.