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BREAKING NEWS! Mall Garage To Get New, Improved Lighting The new owner of the Mall at Steamtown is investing almost $1 million in new lights for the parking garage and will recover his cost through energy savings. John Basalyga, the developer who purchased the 599,000 square foot retail property in July, has signed a contract with Commonwealth Energy Group to remove more than 1,570 halide fixtures that currently light the structure and replace them with energy saving LED lights. The work will begin by the end of September and completion is expected before Black Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season. The new LED light fixtures will dramatically improve the low light levels that have plagued the mall’s underground parking garage since it was built. From the outset, Basalyga recognized that the comfort and safety of customers who visit the property were compromised by poor lighting. One of the first actions the new owner took was to ask Commonwealth to survey the garage and develop specifications for relighting it. According to Louis Evans, CEO of Commonwealth Energy Group, the Mall will be refitted with the most advanced "smart" LED fixtures available. In addition to being brighter and less expensive to operate than the current halide devices, the LEDs will be equipped with a state-of-the-art dimming and motion sensors that will produce additional energy savings in vacant areas, but still maintain enough standby light for security purposes. The Mall garage covers more than 500,000 square feet and has parking for more than 2,000 cars. In addition to spaces below the Mall itself, there is a six level parking tower at the east end of the structure and a four level tower on the west. “Better lighting in the garage has been a priority since day one,” Basalyga said. “Commonwealth Energy has been very responsive in showing us how to provide what shoppers need and how to do it in a way that is economically viable and environmentally responsible.” “Christmas shopping at the Mall this year will be a brighter experience in every way,” he added. The company chosen to do the work was founded in 2008. Dunmore-based Commonwealth Energy Group provides solutions for a broad range of high energy users. It has developed lighting, heat and air conditioning, and fleet operations for manufacturing plants, auto dealers, schools, government entities, and healthcare facilities, among others. Local installations of its work can be found at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, the Montage Ski Resort, the Radisson at Lackawanna Station and Gerrity’s Supermarkets. "It is not often you get a customer that absolutely demands the best and brightest LED on the market today" Evans said. “Mr Basalyga is spending a million dollars in the parking garage. I can’t wait to see what he does with the rest of the mall.”