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In every part of Northeast Ohio, there's a former shopping mall sitting empty. That means property values drop and communities live with a blighted property.

Decades ago when Euclid Square Mall first opened, the place was bustling with people, fountains bubbled with water and every retail space was occupied. Now it's eerily quiet.

"First impression, it was surreal," says Robert Townsend, who used to work at Euclid Square mall for two years.

It is the first time since 1998 Robert Townsend stepped foot inside.

"It's like a movie where stuff closes or a bomb goes off or zombies. It's like that, it feels like that," he said.

Like other malls in Northeast Ohio, popularity dwindled, anchor stores moved out, and small mom and pops couldn't keep up. Acres of property now sit empty.

A 2006 Cleveland State study found every year, as stores closed, the city of Euclid lost $27,000 dollars in generated income tax.

But this space isn't exactly empty.

"We're an auction house. We've been here the last four years," says Fred Kolasky, an auctioneer who happily invites us in.

The mall is designated as mixed use, with Kolasky's weekly auction every Thursday at 6 and Sunday church services being held in former stores.

"At night, when you walk out, it's kind of intimidating. It's a big echo if you talk down. You'll see when you walk down the halls," says Kolasky.

Fred wouldn't have it any way else.

The rent is more than reasonable and there's still a security guard on duty.

But he knows Euclid Square Mall will never return to the way it once was.

"Coming back as a mall, no," he tells us, "if I was developing it, it could be an educational center."

Most of society is like Townsend, who grew up a mall rat.

"I remember my mom would give me money and I would get on the bus and I would go to Randall with a roll of quarters and go to the arcade and play in the arcade or the $2 movie."

But he and so many others moved forward with the changing times.

"It's old fashioned. Like I watch reruns of "Rosanne" and they say 'the mall' and I'm like, 'Wow people don't do that anymore.' "

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