Harrisburg Mall to Construct Security Monitoring Area Including Swatara Township Police Substation

BALTIMORE, MD (April 17, 2013) – Harrisburg Mall has unveiled plans for the construction of a new Security Monitoring Area, to be equipped with a functional substation for the Swatara Township Police Department, as well as an area that will provide customer relations, information, lost and found and other visitor services. Located directly inside one of the Mall’s main entrances, the facility is expected to be completed by mid-summer. The existing police substation, now contained in a space in the Mall’s Food Court, will be relocated to this new project upon completion of the space.

Harrisburg Mall, owned by a partnership of St. John Properties and Petrie Ross Ventures, features more than 70 tenants including anchor stores Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops, Regal Cinema’s Great Escape Harrisburg Mall Stadium 14 and the soon-to-open 2nd & Charles. The one million square foot regional mall is located on Paxton Street.

The Security Monitoring Area will feature glass window walls that make the interior of the space highly visible to Mall patrons; and an upgraded video surveillance system that will track activity throughout the Mall in real-time. The area will also include a reception station that will provide Mall information and directions, free wheelchair and stroller rentals, Mall directories and brochures of nearby attractions and a lost and found area. The Swatara Township Police Substation will be outfitted with kitchen and restroom facilities, battery charging stations and desks for police officers to complete reports and other written documents.

“The construction of this new Security Monitoring Area is a pro-active strategy to demonstrate the Mall’s on-going commitment and investment to provide an environment that is conducive to Mall customers, employees and visitors,” explained Bill Russell, Director of Harrisburg Mall. “We chose to position the monitoring area in a visible section of the Mall to showcase our state-of-the-art security equipment, and vigilant approach. This program also vividly demonstrates our ability to record all movements and actions within the Mall and communicates our ‘zero tolerance’ security policy.”

Harrisburg Mall recently completed the comprehensive modernization and strengthening of its Mall-wide security monitoring system package, which included the addition of interior and exterior security cameras and the installation of state-of-the-art monitors. This strategy is supplemented by a part-time and full-time force of Mall security officers who will patrol the grounds during Mall operating hours. The security system was developed and installed by Intervid, Inc., which works with regional malls and shopping centers throughout the country.

“Among our primary objectives in this security upgrade was to establish a professional and comfortable setting for the Swatara Township police force to encourage its regular use,” Russell added. “This new facility can be directly accessed through an exterior rear door, is outfitted with frosted glass to assure privacy and contains functional amenities to aid the day-to-day activities of police officers.”

Located on a 61-acre parcel on Paxton Street off Exit 45 of Interstate 83, Harrisburg Mall has approximately 70 tenants including Aeropostale, Bath and Body Works, Champs Sports, Claire’s, Express, Foot Locker, Kay Jewelers, New York and Company, Radio Shack, Victoria’s Secret and others. Free-standing Toys “R” Us and Applebee’s are also part of the tenant mix. One anchor store — previously occupied by Boscov’s until its corporate bankruptcy in 2008 — remains available for lease. The Mall received a $60 million exterior and interior renovation approximately five years ago and St. John Properties and Petrie Ross have undertaken a wide range of improvements since they purchased the mall last summer.

The population within a 10-mile radius of Harrisburg Mall exceeds more than 360,000 people, including 148,000 households with an average household income of nearly $73,000.

For more information about the joint venture partners, visit St. John Properties, Inc. at sjp.mu9b0uf9-liquidwebsites.com and Petrie Ross Ventures at www.petrieross.com.

For more information, contact:
Al Cunniff, Director of Marketing, St. John Properties, Inc.