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|Opponents of Foundry Row could have used Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" as their theme song, but with Baltimore County Council's 6-1 vote to rezone Owings Mills' former Solo Cup site, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial's mixed-use project has a green light. The developer's CEO, Brian Gibbons, expects its demolition permit for the 1.8M SF existing property to be issued "promptly," and his firm is beginning the 14-month site-development planning now. That all adds up to a spring 2015 opening. He tells us Greenberg Gibbons has commitments for the 375k center from not just Wegmans (a well-publicized, 135k SF anchor tenant) but also six national retailers(sporting goods, fitness, teen apparel, soft goods, cosmetics, and shoes). Also on the drawing board are both a national restaurant and a local restaurant chain. In soft goods and dining, especially, Brian says, Owings Mills is underserved. There'll also be 40k SF of office, and Greenberg Gibbons would consider taking half of that itself.|
|Greater Greenspring Association zoning committee chair Cheryl Aaron (snapped shopping in Charleston, SC, this weekend with daughters Teddi and Lena) is ready to enjoy the Foundry Row shopping closer to home in 2015. "We deserve this," she says, explaining that she and fellow association members (residents of St. Thomas Lane, Garrison Forest Road, and Greenspring Valley, as well as many of Councilwoman Vicki Almond's District 2 constituents) don't want to have to keep traveling to Hunt Valley, White Marsh, and Annapolis. The biggest reason for her organization's support of Greenberg Gibbons' project: "Something is going to go in there," she says, and they don't want another car dealership or office.|
|Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (with Laurel Mayor Craig Moe and Greenberg Gibbons' Kimberly Potember) stopped by the developer's $130M Towne Centre at Laurel project last week. The 400k SF, open-air, mixed-use project broke ground last month and demolition of the old Laurel Mall there will finish in April, delivering spring 2013. Regal Cinemas and national sporting goods and grocery stores are on board, and Greenebrg Gibbons has letters of intent from a shoe store and teen apparel shop. The company will also redevelop Burlington Coat Factory's space.|