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Westway Plaza gets a facelift

Along with what you might call some serious spring cleaning, Westway Plaza at Pawnee and Seneca is going to be completely refurbished as well.

“We plan to renovate the entire mall,” says Jeff Davani, who represents the Southern California-based owner of the center.

Westway is 224,905 square feet including outparcels.

“We bought it last summer,” Davani says. There were renovation plans from the beginning, but then the economy changed things.

“Suddenly the banking industry went crazy,” Davani says. “We changed our view after we (found) out money is hard to come by.”

That meant renovations were delayed — not canceled.

After the first phase of cleaning the center, Davani says, renovations started “slowly but surely.”

The owner is spending his own money to renovate but still needs $2 million to $3 million to finish. A new facade for the aging center is part of the plans.

“We’re very commited to do what it takes to get it to look beautiful,” Davani says.

And to attract new tenants to boost occupancy.

“We need to bring some people in.”