Kimco Unveils Owings Mills Mall Revamp Designs

The plan calls for approximately 1 million square feet of retail and restaurants.

Kimco Realty Corp. recently revealed drawings for the Owings Mills Mall redevelopment, which show an open, pedestrian-friendly layout and connection to the movie theater and Metro Centre project.

Geoffrey Glazer, Kimco’s vice president of acquisitions and development for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, introduced the design concept to business leaders, stakeholders and politicians Thursday in a meeting at the mall. The designs show aerial and ground level views.

He shared the designs with Patch on Friday. 

“There was nobody [Thursday]—nobody—even people that were in favor of other [zoning changes], nobody gave me any negatives to the architecture or the plan that we’re proposing to do,” Glazer said after the meeting.

Kimco, working in partnership with mall owner General Growth Properties, will use these renderings to market the project to potential tenants. The plan calls for approximately 1 million square feet of retail and restaurants and more than 4,000 parking spaces. Cafés and restaurants will be located throughout the development.

If all goes well, the project could break ground in late 2013 and open by early 2015, Glazer said.

The illustrations depict a multi-layered model, much like the Hunt Valley Town Centre, which promotes store visibility and allows for easy access, developers said. Macy’s and JCPenney, both of which own their own buildings, will be integrated into this design, provided the stores sign on, Glazer said. Although the stores do possess veto power over what is built around their stores, Glazer also said he hopes the retail giants will see potential for growth.

“They have not agreed to any of this, but I need to show them something that they believe will generate more traffic to their stores, not hurt them,” Glazer said.

The development’s hub, called the Grand Piazza, will have access points from the upper and lower parking fields with escalators.

The model also lays the groundwork for a pedestrian walkway linking the main retail space to the movie theater, which Glazer labeled an “afterthought” to the mall’s original construction.

“[We’re] looking to create a new pathway and visual corridor to get to retail,” he said.

Macy’s and JCPenney, provided they agree to the plan, will be the foundations for a mini-fashion district, Glazer said, adding that Kimco is seeking out similar fashion retailers to complement the two anchors.

Kimco’s proposed redevelopment will also connect to David S. Brown Enterprises’ Metro Centre project with a roundabout. While Glazer said he sees these two projects as working together, he said doesn’t think the area would also support redevelopment at the Solo Cup plant site, where Greenberg Gibbons hopes to open a Wegmans.

With all of the infrastructure that has been invested in the mall area over the past few decades, such as the construction of Interstate 795 and the extension of Owings Mills Boulevard, fixing the mall should be the number one priority, Glazer said. He said he believes major redevelopment of other properties would make the mall project less appealing to retailers.

“If you start rezoning other pieces of property along this corridor, it will give retailers other choices, other places to go,” Glazer said.

“We’ve got some phone callers from retailers who would like to be interested in this project, but are unwilling to commit while that’s hanging out there," he said. "[They’re] also saying that 'if a Wegmans goes out there, I can’t survive back here.'”

Paulette G. February 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Great. (Can you hear the sarcasm?) It's just another open air mall that will be completely handicap-unfriendly. It's another place where the stores will be crap, but you'll have to walk outside exposed to the elements in order to get to them. The parking will be a nightmare, and there will be not enough handicap parking spaces, or curb cuts, no automatic doors, no shelter, etc., just like Hunt Valley. Oh, thank you, Kimco, for making another space where I can't take my daughter shopping. In an enclosed mall, I can unpack her wheelchair and get her safely inside where she can be warm and dry. You've now made that impossible. This "mall" will be obsolete and empty in 25 years. It will be empty in 25 days unless security at Owings Mills is addressed immediately. It's not safe there. Building fancy stores and not addressing the needs and safety of the community is irresponsible. What about the senior citizens who would like to walk? Well, I guess Kimco sees them as non-citizens, along with the handicapped. I'll do my shopping in Towson or Columbia, thank you.
David Snyder February 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Paulette you addressed a lot of important issues and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I don't want completely speak for Kimco, but I will say one thing they addressed with us was making security the top priority -- excluding the development of the mall itself. Glazer specifically mentioned that with all the money invested in this project, it would be silly not to sure up the security and safety in the area. We will have an article focusing on this in the future. Thanks again.
Chuck Burton February 25, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Developers now tend to like open air malls because of rising fuel costs - they don't have to heat or cool space that isn't generating rent. I notice that, unlike Hunt Valley, this design at least provides some shelter from rain or sun as people move between stores, though not to parking. As for crime, anywhere money congregates is a target for the criminal element. Several large local shopping centers have recently been targets for theft, and even murder. As long as politicians play games with the value of our money, crime will become a larger factor in our lives. People must consider how to protect themselves and their families, unless they would like armies of police everywhere.
STaylor April 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Paulette, I understand your issues, and I'm sure handicap accessibility will be considered. You sound frustrated. I'm very happy to hear that this area will be revitalized. Not so sure what you mean by security is an issue - perhaps an inadvertent way to refer to racism since Owings Mills now has a large African American population (which by the way consists of upper, middle class African Americans)?
Dasmas3 May 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM
It will be a Wonderful facelift for Owings Mills Mall!!!


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