Long Reach Country Fair canceled because of village center renovations

September 03, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

The Long Reach Country Fair was canceled this year for the first time in 18 years because planners didn't want the annual event to coincide with the much-anticipated renovations of the 22-year-old Long Reach Village Center.

But it turns out that the September event could have gone on as planned -- because the expected renovations have been delayed.

"No construction has started yet," said Elizabeth Buckley, marketing manager for Columbia Management Inc., a subsidiary of Rouse Co., which manages most of the town's village centers. "We're anticipating [construction] sometime this fall. We still don't have a definite date. We're waiting to hear from Safeway on that."

Originally, CMI thought construction would start the first week in September, Buckley said.

The renovations at the aging 120,500-square-foot village center call for Safeway to add 24,500 square feet to its 53,000-square-foot supermarket -- the village center's anchor.

Other renovations include landscaping of the center's courtyard and glass work to replace some of the bricks on the building to make it more open.

The renovations should be completed sometime next year, Buckley said.

The fair is expected to resume next September.

Pub Date: 9/03/96

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