Solo Cup Property to Become 'Small Scale Hunt Valley'

Developer Greenberg Gibbons is expected to announce formal plans for the old Solo Cup property in about a month.

An Owings Mills developer plans to raze much of the old Solo Cup property and turn it into a "small scale Hunt Valley" Towne Centre, with an upscale grocery store as its anchor, community leaders said.

Greenberg Gibbons also plans to build a four-lane road, accessible from Painters Mill Road, that should alleviate the traffic on Reisterstown Road destined for the shopping center, which will cater to affluent locals.

“It would be a bit of a showcase property,” said former Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council president Mary Molinaro, who was granted a sneak peek at the developer's plans along with George Harman, ROG's current president.

Greenberg Gibbons expects to announce plans in the next 30 days, Molinaro said.

Molinaro said Wegmans, Whole Foods and Harris Teeter were all options as anchor stores.

Under the plan being considered by the developer, all but a warehouse in a far corner of the Solo Cup property would be torn down.

That warehouse would house heating and air conditioning units for the entire development, allowing the roof of the shopping center -- where the units would otherwise have to be placed -- to be more architecturally pleasing.

The developer told Molinaro "open, glass roofs" are an option.

Two roads, lined by parking and smaller shops and restaurants, would lead to the shopping center's anchor. But the roads could be closed on nights and weekends, Molinaro said, to allow restaurants to hold outdoor events.

The four-lane access road would be built on the property behind the anchor store, and would include three entrances into the shopping center. Two entrances would be on Reisterstown Road.

“It's just a concept at this time," Harman said. "But, it’s very interesting.”

Greenberg Gibbons is the developer of Hunt Valley Towne Centre and Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, among others.

Nick Allen November 08, 2011 at 01:24 PM
As a resident of the rabdallstown I cannot explained how excited I would be for a high end grocery store that I don't have to drive ten miles for. A whole foods would be awesome that could gather many of the great local foods from farms in Frederick county.
Brian P. November 08, 2011 at 02:02 PM
More Progress in Owings Mills!
Jon T. November 08, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Since the roofs would be clear, I'd love to see them implement a green roof at this location, not only for the environmental benefits, but also to help offset the massive amount of drainage that would come off of that property.
Sarah November 08, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Please bring Wegmans to Owings Mills!
Jeffrey Freedman November 08, 2011 at 10:15 PM
This sounds like a great idea! Hopefully with this development, it will allow for the survival and improvement of the current indoor Owings Mills Mall. After all, if this development ends up taking place a few blocks away, it would not make sense to get rid of the mall to have two "main street" type properties or maybe even three if you count the Metro Centre. There has been much interest in improving the mall lately, and this development may be yet another incentive to improve the property and encourage the public to return.
BluePeace November 08, 2011 at 10:32 PM
The death of Owings Mills Mall is truly a mystery to me. I wonder if people, as I suspect, feared going to that mall due to the perception of crime and violence? It's going to be interesting to see what happens at Owings Mills Mall. I think it could be re-invented into a nice mixed use, community friendly town center with open space and town squares. Nonetheless, exciting news about plans for the Solo Cup site. I wonder will the developer call the new center "The Shops at Solo"? LOL
Alexander Pyles November 08, 2011 at 10:36 PM
I think a lot of people are counting on this development having just that effect, Jeffrey.
Alexander Pyles November 08, 2011 at 10:37 PM
For all of our sakes, let's hope not.
BluePeace November 08, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Well, a developer (where I once lived in Virginia) was allowed (by the County) to fill a natural stream/creek system (with dirt) to make way for the shopping center. I laughed, to myself, when I saw the marquee sign for the center go up....it read "The Shops at the Creeks". Well, there were no more creeks to be seen...all gone and paved over.
Jeffrey Freedman November 08, 2011 at 11:05 PM
"The Shops at Solo" would be quite a funny name for the shopping center! I doubt that will happen, though, since they seem to want to reinvent that area. And since Solo is selling the property and the plant will likely be torn down, the new property wouldn't have any relation to Solo, so it probably would not acquire that name either. I'm thinking that it would have "Owings Mills" in the name in one way or another. I agree with Sarah--I would love to have a Wegmans in the area! The company seems to be expanding and building many new locations across the state, so why not Owings Mills?
Lynn November 09, 2011 at 07:04 AM
When I was a teenager,that was called Sweetheart Cups. Sweetheart Mall at Owings Mills has a sweet ring to it:)
Alexander Pyles November 09, 2011 at 01:44 PM
You're right, actually. That's not too bad! What I didn't know was that Sweetheart Cup used to be Maryland Cup, and before that, the site was a bakery. Here's an aerial view from sometime back then: http://patch.com/A-n7n1
Robert Armstrong November 09, 2011 at 02:07 PM
The bakery had the same owners and morphed into Sweetheart Cup. If you are interested, here is the entire history: http://www.answers.com/topic/sweetheart-cup-company-inc
OwingsMillsBrian November 09, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Very exciting to see things happening! Although - I wonder what this means for the mall? Much rather see a full-scale development like we have been promised for years than a half-scale version of someone else's town center... We deserve it!
Jeffrey Freedman November 09, 2011 at 10:46 PM
What about a full scale version of this new property (if there would be enough space) that would replace Solo Cup along with an improved Owings Mills Mall in its current indoor form? There is still much interest in improving the mall--Why not start with an improved version of the current structure, which would be a much cheaper option? And with improved shopping options, better advertising, and incentives for the public to visit, the mall could once again experience success!!! With so many new shopping options, this would be a great opportunity for all of these buildings to complement each other to bring business back to the area! Also, Alex--Do you have any more pictures of Owings Mills or sections of Reisterstown Road from back in the 1990's? I find these pictures very interesting!
Trixie Leigh November 10, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Painters Mill and Reisterstown Road intersection has a failing grade now. What would happen to that intersection if they put MORE traffic there? What a nightmare this would cause! They need to fix up the mall site and make that a Hunt Valley clone. Look what fixing up Hunt Valley did! It used to be called Death Valley until they torn down the mall. They can't say that anymore.
Lynn November 10, 2011 at 04:45 AM
I'll have to look thru all of my old pictures,one of these days. I've lived in Owings Mills all of my life and it now looks nothing like it used to. In the late 80's I drove home from work and actually got lost 3-4 times! My roads were gone. We owned all the land that both of the New Town Schools sit on now.The County basically stole it from us back in the 80's,and I still have all the old Newspaper clippings when it happened. I go to New Town Giant and think to myself,it still seems like yesterday that I used to ride my horse in those fields. Now it's a whole town and 1000's of people live there. So many memories of this area,and pictures.It all still feels like yesterday to me.I'll try to find some good old pictures you can use here :)
Alexander Pyles November 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I would love to see those pictures, Lynn!
Lynn November 12, 2011 at 08:05 AM
I'll try to find time in the next few weeks to search for some good old.pictures. I know a lot them woul be my home(which is no longer there) and the fields and pastures,that are now the 2 New Town Schools and New Town Giant.Oh and Dolfield Rd. during the Blizzard we'd sleigh ride down our driveway. How do I reach you if I find them Alex?


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