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Completion of what was at the time the largest mall in New England, at a cost of
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While the fair attracted people from
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"Ever since the mall opened, major retail companies have had the Danbury area on their map," said , president of the . "It’s really spurred an interest in this region that can’t be underestimated."

Bull said Danbury has the highest retail sales of any municipality in the state, and he credits the mall.

According to the state Department of , Danbury reported $3.1 billion in retail sales in 2007, the latest figures available, and collected more than $67 million in sales tax. The mall contributed a large share of those sales.

, the mall’s senior property manager, said the mall’s nearly 200 stores and restaurants employ more than 2,500 people, not including people who earn a living servicing those businesses.

"This area has always been a great location, and we’ve been an economic engine for the community," Ruby said. "We’ve become a great shopping destination for this market, and the mall has fostered a lot of growth throughout the area."

But not all of
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Some blame the mall for the now struggling downtown, where retail stores once flourished.

It also ended the political career of the late Mayor , who was indicted on federal charges for taking kickbacks from mall developers. He was eventually found not guilty.

, managing director of CityCenter Danbury, said while the downtown experienced a "retail flight" when the mall opened,
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It also resulted in the creation of CityCenter, the downtown special services district that she said helped the city "fare better than other communities" in similar circumstances.

As the mall entered its 20s, it received a makeover.

Since buying the mall in 2005, Macerich, a national company that
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In 2007, mall officials completed interior renovations that included new seating areas, a concierge desk and family friendly bathroom facilities.

The mall also has attracted upscale retailers, including Brooks Brothers, Williams Sonoma and .

Mall officials are embarking on the next phase of renovations, revamping the exterior of the building, including the main entrances.

When completed, the entrances will look much like big tops, paying homage to the fair that once called the property home, Ruby said.

"Actually the entire mall is shaped like a big top," Ruby said. "We’ve retained that design because of the historic roots."

Crediting the mall with providing thousands of jobs for area residents, Mayor said it’s also one of
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