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Laurel Mall Redevelopment Officially Underway

Developers, officials gather to break ground for Town Centre at Laurel.

Development of the open-air Town Centre at Laurel is officially underway, starting with the demolition of the property's current occupant, Laurel Mall.

Today officials from the City of Laurel, Prince George’s County, and the state government joined the developers in a groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

“I have looked forward to this day for a long time,” said Laurel Mayor Craig Moe. “This has been a project with many challenges…revitalizing this property will create a” jumping off point for other development projects in the city, he said.

Laurel Mall leaving Burlington Coat Factory and the U.S. Post Office the only remaining stores open.

Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, which partnered with the site's owner, Somera Capital Management, to redevelop the mall, plans to demolish the current structure over the next five months beginning with the front parking lot.

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The $130 million project is expected to create 1,500 jobs once completed, according to Brian Gibbons, chief executive officer of Greenberg Gibbons. Gibbons announced that the new center already attracted Regal Cinemas and Burlington Coat Factory, which will close its current location on the property once its new store is built. Regal Cinemas will build a 12-screen theatre to anchor the project.

“What we’re trying to do is create the true focal point” for the people of Laurel,  Gibbons said.

Once completed, the project will boast more than 400,000 square feet of retail space and 435 residential units.

Elected leaders said the project is desperately needed throughout the Laurel area, which has demographics to support a large shopping center.

“I cannot wait until customers from Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery County and beyond come to the new center,” said Prince George’s County Councilwoman Mary A. Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel. “It’s really a gateway project.”

Tenants could move into the new center as soon as fall 2013, said Thomas Fitzpatrick, president of Greenberg Gibbons. He said that he hopes to have 50 to 70 percent of the project preleased by the end of the year.

“It’s a wonderful piece of property that needed to be redeveloped,” he said.

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Donald James August 16, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The renderings look a lot like Bowie Town Center. Mostly single story buildings surrounded by parking lots, with some apartments behind it. I guess the developers couldn't come up with something a little more innovative that would stand out. Hopefully the store selection will at least be a reason to go visit.
Scott Pasolli August 20, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Great News! Alot of credit should go to the Mayor for having the foresight and determination to see this project through to fruition. The new shopping layout works well with this many "big box" tenants. Easy access and good parking make for a positive shopping experience.I agree that the store selection will play a large part in the project's success. The right mix will attract a good crowd on a daily basis. Hope this happens.
bob jones November 22, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Hmm, laurel mall, konterra town center, and brickyard, all within a year or two, all mixed use with housing and retail... i know a lot of folks are moving in, but this is a huge amount of new housing and business- will they be able to fill all the square feet ? That remains to be seen. I think the best way to do it would be for companies to work with schools to boost the academics in the laurel area- that would make people want to move here. Also, traffic is going to start to be a problem like in Rockville, etc. We are talking about doubling the population between muirkirk, 95 and contee pretty much- there is no way that this can not affect traffic, especially through the laurel mall area which already is starting to get really slow during peak hours. Folks who take US-1 are just going to have to wait in line, or find another route. And that also doesn't bode well for air pollution in the area.
BETTY December 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I'm happy to see something new happening there instead of an old building falling down and making Laurel look like the ghetto. Anything is better than watching the slow decay of a once grand attraction. I hope we have great stores that will attract more people to the area.

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