The Southern Park Mall in Boardman worked with the Western Reserve Port Authority to make improvements to the facility that will increase energy efficiency with low-cost, long-term financing. Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) financing will be used to replace the roof over a common area and to update the interior lighting fixtures with more energy-efficient LED units. PACE funds are paid back through assessments on property taxes. “We think it is a really good instrument to help the companies bring down the maintenance cost,” John Moliterno, the Port Executive Director stated. Jason Loree, Boardman Township Administrator said, “We like to see reinvestment in the township, and when you have a mall looking at infrastructure upgrades that is positive.” The Southern Park Mall employs over 500 and it has served as the anchor in Boardman’s retail corridor.