The pale blue pergolas that line the hallways of the Hanover Mall won’t be torn down with the rest of the building next spring. And that’s not just out of nostalgia.
The pergolas are being donated to The Cardinal Cushing Centers, a nearby school for children and adults with developmental and intellectual challenges. There, they’ll be used as supports for several new swing sets.
PREP Property Group, the developer overseeing the Hanover Mall’s transformation from an enclosed shopping center to an outdoor mixed-use development, is donating the pergolas and other furnishings from the shopping center to local schools and nonprofits.
The developer has offered furniture, shelving and display materials at no cost to organizations including The Cardinal Cushing Centers, Friends of the South Shore Hospital, the Hanover Visiting Nurse Association and Hanover Public Schools.
In addition to the pergolas, Cardinal Cushing Centers will use some of the mall’s old shelving and display materials in its existing retail shops and soon-to-open MarketPlace building. The school will also use some of the mall’s Christmas decorations.
Lisa Berardinelli, a longtime Hanover Mall administrator who is overseeing PREP’s donation program, said word spread quickly about the items the developer put for donation.
“Our ultimate goal is to reuse as much as we could, because we’ve had all of this merchandise here for a while,” she said.