AKRON, OH (WOIO) - For some, it's hard to believe the 1.3 million-square-foot, beautiful, (once) bustling shopping hub has been reduced to an eyesore in the city of Akron.
"This was the place to be, and it went from that to this desolate dump," said David Sanzone, who works with the Akron Metro RTA.
According to officials, this will prevent Summit County from auctioning off the property for at least another two months.
According to county records, since buying Rolling Acres in 2010, Premier Ventures was delinquent in paying property taxes, which lead to foreclosure.
The mall shut down in 2008, and since then, the neglected parking lot and buildings are in disrepair.
"We had a good relationship with Rolling Acres, as you can see, the transit center right out front," explained Sanzone.
The letdown is widespread, but Akron officials say they are supportive and waiting for a viable plan from the current property owner. If there isn't one presented, they say they will move forward with the next best opportunity.