MORGANTOWN — A 19,000 square-foot development in the space formerly occupied by Elder-Beerman in the old Mountaineer Mall received site plan approval from the Morgantown Planning Commission on Oct. 12.

Book Exchange Holdings Inc. owner Jonathan Fleming requested the significant impact site plan.

He explained that the space will be used to support the online retail portion of Book Exchange’s business.

“We started this side of our business about five years ago, and we’ve been selling things online more and more,” Fleming said. “We started with 6,000 feet. We went up to 11,000 [feet], and this year we need to go up to 19,000 [feet]. This is really the only space in Morgantown we could find that kind of fit the bill.”

In other news, the commission tabled a discussion about adding a separate definition for “hostels” in the city’s planning and zoning code.