EDITORIAL: New life for York Galleria Mall

York Dispatch

Thumbs Up: To the stores moving into – or expanding – at York Galleria. We are happy to see some new life being breathed into the old venue.

York Galleria mall is shown Thursday, March 17, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York Galleria has found a Swedish clothing company to fill part of the vacancy left by JCPenney's departure last year. H&M will be opening its first York County store in the enclosed Springettsbury Township mall during the 2016 holiday season

The 20,000+ square-foot store in the Galleria will utilize a portion of the former JCPenney along with common mall area and the former Bath & Body Works location. Other coming moves at the mall include expansions for rue21 and Victoria's Secret.

JCPenney's closing last year left York Galleria with three anchor stores — Bon-Ton, Boscov's and Sears. Outdoor malls, such as West Manchester Town Center, are expanding thanks to an increase in popularity.

The Galleria is a nice mall and it would be a shame to see it go the way of many indoor malls these days, many of which across the country have become ghost towns or been fully abandoned.

Thumbs Up: To organizers of the eighth annual Go Green in the City festival, anticipated to draw about 4,500 people downtown to celebrate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

Go Green in the City

Downtown Inc runs the event presented by White Rose Credit Union. Kristen Evans, the organization’s events and marketing coordinator said the event is “an interactive street fair” that will celebrate the local flavor of York.

Vendors, animals such as mini horses and mini donkeys, kid-centric activities such as face-painting and the Market & Penn Farmer’s Market hay-bale maze will be some features of the event.

Evans said there are still some spots open for vendors; people have until March 28 to submit their applications, which can be found on the Downtown Inc website.

"I just think it’s a really great showcase of what’s local and what’s great," Evans said. "It's all local, it’s all from our community."

Thumbs Up: To the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing Senate Bill 3 this week. And kudos to the Senate, which passed the bill 40-7 in May.

Cara Salemme, of Spring Grove, whose nine-year-old son Jackson was diagnosed with both encephalitis and epilepsy, speaks in this file photo as supporters gather at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building to promote the legalization of medical cannabis in Harrisburg, Pa. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.   Dawn J. Sagert photo

The bill would allow for the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

We’re cautiously optimistic the bill will be on the governor’s desk before long. The process to implement the use of medical marijuana can be a lengthy one — taking two to four years.

While the legislation continues to wend its way through the Legislature, and it will take significant time before those who need medical marijuana will have access to it once it’s legal, we are pleased to see that our state representatives can put aside partisanship bickering in favor of suffering citizens.