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WATCH: Community Speaks Out on Foundry Row

At a District 2 planning board hearing at Pikesville High School Thursday night, residents, community advocates and developers spoke for and against the proposed retail development at the Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills.

A packed Pikesville High School auditorium became yet another battleground in the Owings Mills development debate Thursday.

Residents, community advocates and developers detailed reasons why they support or oppose the proposed development at the Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills, which would be anchored by a Wegmans grocery store.

As officials from Greenberg Gibbons make plans for Solo Cup, Kimco and General Growth Properties hope to transform the to an outdoor retail center and David S. Brown Enterprises is moving forward with the transit-oriented . Both Kimco and David S. Brown officials have argued that Foundry Row would and create additional problems, such as traffic congestion.

Kimco officials and representatives of the firms that wrote retail and traffic studies for the Owings Mills mall project spoke at Thursday's hearing. Although officials from Greenberg Gibbons signed up to speak, no one stood up when their names were called.

CP March 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM
People are so stupid. I bet they will be the first to patronize Wegman’s. Since when is job creation and economic activity bad? Morons!
Christopher Will March 30, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I can't believe this is even being debated. This area is completely underserved when it comes to retail. The 20 percent overcapacity that is being claimed will be gobbled up by the explosive population growth in the area. This is a designated growth corridor for Baltimore County, and the retail options have not kept up! I am sick of driving to Hunt Valley, Towson, or Westminster for everything besides Dollar Stores and automotive repair! What is wrong with people?
Chuck Burton March 30, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The Mall property is a kind of a "hole in the highways". It's possible to drive by and not even realize anything is there, since everything is way back out of sight. This is likely the main reason the existing mall has failed. The new plans don't change that fact, and set up the probability for a new failure there. I still think the best use of the property would be as offices and residential, mid to highrise, complementing Metro Center next door, and extending the existing Care First offices and the residential conversion by the movie theaters. Convenience shopping and restaurants could be included. Why do Kimco and Brown so oppose Wegmans? Quality food shopping nearby, would help their plans. Traffic problems can be accomodated, as Greenberg has indicated.
Maryland March 31, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Glazer has been repeating the same talking points for months. Why does he need a crib sheet?

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