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.

Maryland October 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
As long as Kimco is involved, don't hold your breath. They wanted Wegmans and had no Plan B other than to throw a pile of cash behind Say No To Solo. They know how to buy retail, but they have no clue how to redevelop it.
Chuck Burton October 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I still say the Mall is in the wrong place, out of sight and out of mind. The property would be better suited for mid to high rise residential and office use, with incidental shopping to complement such use - perhaps a small park. This would extend the existing Care First offices, and fit in with MetroCentre next door. Could JCP and Macys fit in with such usage? Probably not, but maybe they could be persuaded to relocate elsewhere in this underserved market - Foundry Row, Reisterstown Plaza, or Valley Center (replacing the movie theatre). Maybe one could go into the Liberty Rd corridor, which is also underserved. Even Mr. Oliver would likely support that.
Yanina October 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I would like to see a Kohls there.
Nil October 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM
It should stay as it is. It just needs more tenants and re-modeling. Mall should focus on bringing brand name retailers such as GAP, American Eagle, .... It should also bring McDonald other fast food chain to food court. Mall should offer discounted rent, not the franchise rent which is higher than usual rent (subway vs pizza store).
nick allen October 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Some big box stores like crate and barrel would be great as well as a Cheesecake Factory and/or a chipotle.
LA October 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Are you kidding me Nil? Did you ever go to the mall in the 90's or early '00s??? All of the big name mall retailers were there. McDonalds was there. Gap was there. American Eagle was there. Anything you can name was there....Forever 21, H&M, Gymboree...I could go on forever! They ALL left!
Sue Russell October 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
It should be made into an outlet mall. The only other outlets close by are the ones in PA and Hagerstown, without going down to the beach. It would be a perfect location right in the middle of the interstates.
Fran Acle October 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I like the idea of the Outlet Mall, although I doubt they would allow that if Macy's has a long term lease. The mall started to deteriorate when crime became apparent there.
Carl Waters October 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I now agree with Carl Verstandig. Costco should do a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a store in a remodeled Owings Mills Mall. Their current locations reflect bypassing this area, completely (Glen Burnie, White Marsh, Arundel Mills, Columbia, and to our west Frederick). I currently have a Sam’s Club membership, but would gladly switch if there was a nearer location. On my wish list there would also be a Golden Coral (it would definitely be supported by the many places of worship in the area). Then, design the park like setting among other similar type stores. The design should complement the Metro Centre design.
Charles Kane October 05, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Keep in mind that this guy Carl rarely does what he gets his name in the paper for. Remember he was going to buy Pimlico Race Track and put a shopping center there? Or, the time he was reportedly buying that big empty shopping center in Essex? he had all these so-called letters of intent. It never happened. Go with Greenberg Gibbons, a proven winner
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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