By Natalie Kostelni  –  Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal Jul 5, 2022

Federal Realty Investment Trust continues to work on securing approvals for its plans to redevelop Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center into a more walkable, mixed-use community and is making progress to undertake a similar strategy at Willow Grove Shopping Center and Lawrence Park Shopping Center.

Plans for adding residential components and more dining that expands outdoor seating, enhancing the pedestrian experience with areas to gather, and incorporating other placemaking devices were set in motion at Federal’s three Philadelphia-area shopping centers before the Covid-19 pandemic. The effort, which aims to create more of a community rather than just a shopping destination, has successfully been rolled out at some of its other centers.

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