Laurel Mall Redevelopment Nears Construction Phase

City officials are reviewing plans for the Town Centre at Laurel, where building is expected to begin in late March or April.

Other than a Burlington Coat Factory and a few leveled fields, there's not much to see these days at the former home of Laurel Mall.

But if all goes according to plan, the Town Centre at Laurel—an open-air retail and residential plaza—will start to take shape at the site in the next month or two.

So far, there are three confirmed tenants for the development: a Harris Teeter grocery store, a Regal Cinemas movie theater, and a new Burlington Coat Factory store, which will be built closer to the McDonald’s at the east end of the site.

Construction on the complex has yet to begin, but Jack Brock, deputy director of the Laurel Community Planning and Business Services Department, said city officials are in the process of reviewing building plans.

“There have just been some minor corrections on the plans,” Brock said. “As soon as the engineering firm makes the corrections, then we’ll be ready to pull the permits.”

The development process is moving along the proposed timeline, Brock said, with construction slated to begin at the end of March or the beginning of April.

Greenberg Gibbons, the developer for the project, expects announce any new tenants next month, according to Brock.

Greenhorne and O’Mara Inc., an engineering consulting company that previously worked on the Annapolis Towne Centre in Parole, is also assigned to the project.

John Floyd II February 27, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Those are the same three tenants the developers told us about many months ago and there are still no other tenants ready to be announced? Having a theatre, a supermarket, and a discount clothier as the "anchors" of the new shopping centre really doesn't seem to bode well for this project, does it?
David Martin February 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I would like to know what is going to be done about the traffic situation on RT 1 in the area of the mall and north to the train station where I recently read, in the Laurel Leader, that apartment homes are going to be built. As it is, driving RT 1, especially on a satruday afternoon, is a disaster from Main Street in Laurel to Contee Road. I have not read anything about changes to the roadway and traffic conditions.
John S February 28, 2013 at 08:57 AM
http://www.cityoflaurel.org/meeting/2012/12/05/planning-commission The minutes to the December 5, 2012 Planning Commission meeting can be accessed using the link above. Community servant and former Mayor Robert J. DiPietro continues to give back to his community by serving as a consultant, using the apparent corporate entity RJD Consultants as his base of operation. Excerpt Mr. Robert J. DiPietro, RJD Consultants, 502 Gorman Avenue Laurel, Maryland 20707 addressed the Commission and stated that the Applicants first priority was to complete the retail side of the project and that the Applicant already had a broker working on marketing the residential portion of the project. Further, Mr. DiPietro stated that the grocery store proposed for the site had mainly agreed to open a store at the site because of the residential component. End excerpt I am just guessing in believing that "Bob" DiPietro gives back to his community because it is the community which helped make him the person he is today. There is another thread where Honorable (Council President) Fred Smalls' community service is being recognized. See story and thread linked to below: http://laurel.patch.com/articles/smalls-focused-on-being-the-best-council-member-i-can
John S February 28, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Corrections: 1. The date of the Planning Commission meeting referenced above is December 11, 2012, not December 5, 2012. 2. The expression "corporate entity" probably refers to corporations. I should have written "business entity".


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