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.

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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