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Visions for Vacancies: Owings Mills Mall

Kimco unveiled plans in February, but several other developers have shown an interest in revamping the Owings Mills Mall. What would you like to see there?

The Owings Mills Mall is 55 percent vacant. An eyesore for more than a decade now, the mall was given hope when Kimco announced plans to revamp the mall into an open, pedestrian-friendly retail center with connections to the movie theater and nearby development Metro Centre at Owings Mills.

Kimco's future plans are unclear, since Geoff Glazer, Kimco’s vice president of acquisitions and development for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, previously said Kimco would not redevelop the mall if the Solo Cup plant on Reisterstown Road was rezoned, making way for a Wegmans-anchored center called Foundry Row. That property was rezoned on August 28.

Brian Gibbons, CEO of Foundry Row developer Greenberg Gibbons, said his company is interested in the mall. A Pikesville developer, Carl Verstandig, has also expressed interest in buying the mall and bringing in big box stores and a discount supermarket.

What would you like to see the mall become? Tell us in the comments.

Is there a commercial vacancy you'd like to discuss? If so be sure to email editor Marc Shapiro (marc.shapiro@patch.com) and maybe it will be featured in the next Visions for Vacancies.

Zoobie October 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Build it, and they will come. Empty attracks no-one..
maddmaxx1313 October 23, 2012 at 01:03 AM
What happened to the plans that were announced to turn it into another Hunt Valley Town Center with JCPenney's being an anchor that would remain open? I think that is the best option. I just read an article from September where Carl says he doesn't think Owings Mills needs a Fashion-centric mall because we have one within 15-20 minutes away...well, why should we have to drive 15-20 minutes away when we have the vacant space here? That attitude will never build up our area!!!
David November 01, 2012 at 12:25 AM
How about some stunning modern architecture that could really define this area as a place to visit and put it on the map. Mixed use, cultural, retail, corporate-- the new downtown of NW. An Apple store, a Uniqlo. So bored of this ubiquitous neo turn of the century architecture that reminds me when you visit Universal Studios and see the buildings are just a fake facade.
Phyllis November 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
they should build an IKEA
michael mooney December 20, 2012 at 05:45 PM
IKEA would be good but to be practical they would need to add a more direct freeway access. No real dedicated ramp access is part of what killed this mall in the first place.

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