Over the summer, we told you about a plan aimed at revitalizing the Ocean County Mall.

As of last night, that plan took one more step towards becoming reality.

In the August article, we told you about the plan to demolish the now-closed Sears building to make way for more parking and a totally new building to house nearly a dozen new stores.

And today, the Asbury Park Press is reporting that at a Monday night Planning Board meeting in Toms River, authorities gave the project the official green light.

Pegging the project at nearly 100,000 square feet, officials said that shoppers can expect new stores, restaurants, and a fitness center on Hooper Avenue within about 18 months once ground is broken.

This is all in addition, by the way, to the previously announced BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse that got the go-ahead months ago.

You can check out the whole story, including renderings, by clicking here.


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