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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mondawmin Crossing I: The Mall

One of Baltimore's greatest successes in recent history has been Canton Crossing. No development before or since has been able to bring suburban style big box stores and integrate them into an urban setting in Baltimore. Since the site that Canton Crossing sits on was vacant industrial land, it didn't have to break up an urban grid to make way for the large footprint stores and/or the surface parking lot. Canton Crossing is also located in an area of the City where growth is at an all time high. New Residences and businesses are being built at break neck speed and it is quickly becoming a showcase area for the City.
Baltimore is not a small City. It has about 620,000 Residents. Logically, it can support at least one more big box type Retail Center similar to Canton Crossing. Indeed, a location for a big box Center was sought out in North Baltimore. It was in another high growth area where Station North, Remington, Charles Village, and Johns Hopkins University come together. It was to be called 25th St. Station because the Development was to be centered around 25th St. That plan fell apart for several reasons not the least of which was the fact that the site was in the middle of tightly packed urban grid.
Another site has to be sought out for Baltimore's next Big Box Center.
Luckily, I have a found a new location that will be perfect for Baltimore's next Big Box Center; Mondawmin Mall. Although when the words Mondawmin Mall are mentioned, it's easy to think of the starting point of the civil unrest that started in April 2015. In the aftermath of these riots many promises were made by various people to invest all around West Baltimore to improve the quality of life in this long neglected part of the City. Well, here we are more than two years later and nothing has changed. I would however like to start with redeveloping Mondawmin Mall as a Mixed Use TOD Big Box/Lifestyle Center that will begin reinvestment and redevelopment in surrounding Neighborhoods.
Although Mondawmin Mall had undergone a $60 Million Renovation, most of that went to the addition of Anchor tenants including Target, Shoppers, and Marshalls. The Mall had interior and exterior facade enhancements but its major renovation was decades ago which turned the vacant Sears (the Mall's first and only Anchor until 2008) into additional mall space. Today, indoor shopping malls not unlike Mondawmin are dying a slow painful death as bricks and mortar Retail is facing its reality that it has an excessive of space nationwide. In order for Malls to survive, it needs to be a large regional Mall that attracts from more than just the Neighborhood or in the case of Mondawmin, it needs to be redeveloped.
When I say redeveloped, I mean that the interior Mall needs to be redeveloped. The exterior Traget, Marshalls, and Shoppers needn't be changed. For Mondawmin, I have always envisioned Liberty Heights Avenue to be the front entrance to the Mall and Gwynns Falls Parkway the back. I would put both a Dick's Sporting Goods and a 14 Screen Movie Theater behind the Target and Shoppers with smaller shops between Target and Shoppers leading into the Movie Theater and the Dick's Sporting Goods. This portion of the parking lot has an underground parking garage which will be expanded and will be expected to house more of the cars for the Center. The Anchors in the front and Anchors in the back concept with smaller shops connecting them is reminiscent to the new Hunt Valley Town Centre.
The loop that circles around Mondawmin Mall will be reconfigured between the Target and the now vacant former MVA building so that a Forever 21 may be built on the other side of the Target. The vacant MVA building will be demolished to make way for a mixed use building that will house two Junior Anchors; Petco and AC Moore Crafts with 5-6 stories of Apartments on the upper floors wrapped around a parking garage. At the front of the Mall on Liberty Heights Avenue, a TGI Fridays opened on a pad site.
There are two to three more undeveloped pad sites along Liberty Heights that I would have developed into additional fast casual Restaurant Concepts. An additional pad site to house Bank of America which is currently in the Mall will be built on the far side of the Target Parking Lot. Since this redevelopment is TOD, I would redevelop/reconfigure the transit station at Liberty Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road with the station under neath, Neighborhood Retail on the ground floor and 5-6 stories of Apartments above wrapped around a parking garage.
The redeveloped Mondawmin Mall or Mondawmin Crossing as I'd rename it, won't be an actual clone of Canton Crossing. It will be less upscale, more dense, and will lack Office Buildings that a future phase of Canton Crossing will have, Mondawmin Crossing will serve the purpose of giving Baltimore a second successful Big Box Retail Center that not only won't compete with Canton Crossing, but will complement it.

Monday, July 3, 2017

This Blog is Travelling to White Marsh

 
I had been wanting to write a post on White Marsh for the past 8 years. I had no idea how I wanted to angle it or word it or what about White Marsh I wanted to write about. All I had was this was rough draft title called "This Blog is Traveling to White Marsh" since November 5th, 2009. It was only recently that I traveled to White Marsh and "found the post." As an homage to how long this post was in the making, I'm going to keep the working title of; This Blog is Traveling to White Marsh.
In Northeastern Baltimore County just off I-95 is the fast growing community of White Marsh. Its boundaries are quite confusing since some of what people refer to as White Marsh could be Perry Hall, Nottingham, Middle River, or even Rossville. With that in mind, I'm going to define an area that I will definitively call "White Marsh" whose boundaries are I-95 to the east, White Marsh Boulevard to the north, and I-695 to the south and Belair Road to the west. These might not be everybody's boundaries but that's what I'm doing for the purpose of this post.
Within these boundaries are many high volume roads that go in and out of White Marsh; Rossville Boulevard, Perry Hall Boulevard, Honeygo Boulevard, and Campbell Boulevard. Also in this area is; White Marsh Mall, The Avenue at White Marsh, an IKEA, the site of Fullerton Reservoir, a Park & Ride Lot, a Retail Neighborhood Center with a Giant, an Office Park with Hotels, Residences of varying densities, and surprisingly, some undeveloped land.
A lot of these sections of White Marsh are very much their own. They're next to each other but they have no cohesive identity. The Retail and Commercial areas need to be united as a Town Center not only for White Marsh, but as a Retail/Office/Transit Hub for Northeast Baltimore County. Notice that I said Transit Hub. I do mean Rail Transit when I say that. In addition to the existing buses the park and ride lot serves, I would like to see the Green Line extended to White Marsh from Johns Hopkins through Morgan State, up Harford Road through Lauraville, Hamilton, and Parkville before arriving at White Marsh with its ultimate destination being Martin State Airport aligned with its MARC Station. The White Marsh Green Line Station will be located at the southwestern corner of the intersection of White Marsh Boulevard and Honeygo Boulevard.
In order to create true mixed use at White Marsh, the Mall Loop will be narrowed at its northeastern section between Sears and J.C. Penney. Since this lot is not usually full, it shouldn't be a problem. The Mall will have dedicated parking garages on either side of Boscov's. With the freed up part of the parking lot, there will be room to build Apartments in the 4-6 floor range between the Mall and IKEA and the park and ride lot that will become the Metro Station. Currently, Boscov's has an entrance directly across from Mercantile Road. Even with all this new development, there will be a lighted foot path leading from Boscov's to Mercantile Road.
Speaking of the Mall, many Malls are dying across the Country. So far White Marsh Mall has done pretty well considering all the Retail that has been built around it and that its anchors have been closing stores by the bushel. With that in mind, I would plan the Mall's future around that fact by shrinking the amount of square footage of some of the Department Stores in order to ensure their future profitability.  
J.C. Penney and Boscov's are the Anchors whose square footage will not change. At the moment, Macy's leases two floors in its primary space and one floor in another department store space as its home store. I would move the entire Macy's operation into the two floors of its primary space and have that space renovated. I would then move all of Sears into the space that was taken by Macy's Home. The second floor of the Macy's Home space was once taken up by Sports Authority which as a chain has gone bankrupt. Dave and Busters has leased that space and is slated to in 2018. Putting entertainment concept businesses into Malls has become a trend as bricks and mortar Retail has continued to suffer.
So after that Department Store switch around at the Mall, I have left the entire current Sears space empty. Don't worry, I did that on purpose so it could be demolished. As you know, Sears is closest part of the Mall to the Avenue at White Marsh. As Malls continue to fall by the wayside, the surviving bricks and mortar Retail has found a new home; Open Air Lifestyle Centers. The Avenue at White Marsh is exactly that. When taking a stroll down the Avenue, you can see that this style of Retail has become very successful. When looking at the Avenue and adjacent Mall, you can see that although they're adjacent to each other, they don't connect to each other.
That's where demolishing the Sears space comes into play. By demolishing it a true link between the Mall and the Avenue can be attained. By extending the Avenue and associated walkways in a T pattern from the straight from the Avenue and right up to the Mall's front door, the two can blend together and feed off each other and keep each other successful. Also by doing this, the Mall will gain more outdoor green space and will have the opportunity to lease space to businesses that may not have wanted to open in the enclosed Mall. In the long term, I think the entire Mall will become Open Air like the Avenue. However, given the relative success at the moment, I'm simply proposing tearing down Sears and building a connecting open Air Lifestyle Center between the Avenue and enclosed Mall will work in the short term.
Speaking of long term, just across I-95 from White Marsh, there's a plat of land awaiting development. The proposed development is a large Outlet Mall. Given its proximity to the White Marsh Mall, the Avenue at White Marsh, and two large Big Box Centers on Campbell Boulevard also east of I-95, I believe this will provide an over abundance of Retail in a time where bricks and mortar Retail is suffering. I would prefer that instead of building new Retail, existing Retail be reinvested in. Perhaps stores looking to open at the Outlet Mall could be enticed to open at the Lifestyle Center in between the Mall and the Avenue.
When converting the White Marsh area to a high density Mixed Use Town Center, I see one thing that is painfully missing; Walkability. The sprawling surface lots of the Mall are what divides the area from itself. That's why I'm, looking to get rid of half of it with parking garages and Residences but even that can't encourage walkability own its own. One White Marsh needs is Sidewalks, lots of them. When driving around Perry Hall Boulevard, Honeygo Boulevard, Campbell Boulevard, Mercantile Road, Corporate Drive, Town Centre Drive and the Mall Loop it's easy to see that this area wasn't built for walking. Sure it's not a far distance to walk from the Park and Ride lot to the Library but who would want to?
That's why I'm proposing rebuilding the entire Mall Loop and every street it intersects with as well as Perry Hall Boulevard with pedestrian friendly sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, pedestrian signals, and crosswalk islands to make the entire area pedestrian friendly and walkable. The reason I'm adding Perry Hall Boulevard to the mix is because across the street from the Mall where there's still some undeveloped land, there is a proposal to build about 800 new homes about 600 of which are Apartments and Condos. Those new homes deserve to be properly linked to the Town Center on foot in addition to by Car.

As the White Marsh Area continues to grow, the need for a full fledged Town Center grows with it. Although none of the facets of the area can be a Town Center alone, the area must pull its assets together to reunite as one to make a thriving Town Center for generations to come. Hopefully it will be less than 8 years before this Blog Travels to White Marsh again.  
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Remington Redevelopment: What's Next?

 
Remington, like much of Baltimore City, is going through changes. The changes that Remington is going through is both unlike other parts of the City and exactly like them at the same time. Remington has seen impressive growth in population and value in its housing stock and due to its location between Hampden and Charles Village, has it an up & coming Neighborhood. 
Some recent redevelopment projects have improved the amount of Retail in Remington while another il-fated project has kept Remington in the headlines. During this transition, it's important to carefully pay attention to keep Remington from gentrification and pricing out long term Residents and having too much existing housing stock hit the wrecking ball. So we have to ask; What's Next?
Remington Avenue has become a Main Street for the Community. The westside of the 2700 and 2800 blocks are now home to Remington Row and R-House respectively. Remington Row is a mixed use development with ground floor Retail, upper level Offices, and Apartments wrapped around a parking garage while R-House is an interior food court with tables and features space for local chefs to sell their food. The east side of the aforementioned blocks of Remington Avenue contain classic Row Homes that developers are rehabbing.
Speaking of rehabbing Row Homes, they are the biggest part of Remington's housing stock. That's not surprising since Baltimore is well known for its Row Homes. The Row Homes of Remington contain a very diverse population of all ages some of whom have lived there for generations while others are newcomers.
Although there are still plenty of vacants throughout the housing stock, rehabbers are scoping out the area to either "flip" the houses once rehabbed or they make their properties their homes. Before redeveloping other parts of Remington, I would like to see a greater number of row homes rehabbed and occupied. Pigtown made this mistake by building the Camden Crossing town home development and it sucked up reinvestment dollars that would have and should have gone to the existing housing stock.
Remington currently has one of the City's largest undeveloped plats of land sitting in the middle of it. This of course is known as "25th St. Station." When the Anderson Automotive Group left the City, the land it sat on (centered around Howard St. and 25th St.), was vacated. At first, there were plans to redevelop it as big box Retail anchored by Lowe's and Wal Mart. Lowe's pulled out first and the project was reconfigured to have Wal-Mart as the soul anchor.
Residents in Remington and surrounding Neighborhoods don't want a Wal-Mart and they fought to send the project back to the drawing board. Wal-Mart pulled out of the project and the future of the land remains unknown. I currently don't have any alternative plans for this land and I think other parts of the Neighborhood should be a larger priority mainly the existing housing stock.
Although Remington Avenue is considered the Main Street of Remington, Howard St. acts as its eastern border between itself and Charles Village and acts as an entryway to Northern Baltimore City for those coming from Downtown. This "entryway" is anything but. Howard St. is a wide barren suburban boulevard between North Avenue and 25th St. and contains primarily automotive oriented uses.
Howard St. needs to be made over with on street parking and a biker lane. The narrowed road will slow down cars as there are lot of accidents along that portion of the street. I had wanted a landscaped median but that will impede on turning vehicles in between intersections. Instead, I'm opting for plating of additional trees, street lighting, mast arm traffic signals, and brick crosswalks. I would also encourage vacant industrial or automotive uses to to transform the buildings into Neighborhood friendly uses similar to the Parts 'N Labor Butcher Shop/Restaurant.    
So What's Next for Remington? More of the same hopefully. Keep investing in the existing housing stock and making the Neighborhood a hot spot for Mom & Pop Retail, remake Howard St., and use a wait and see approach for the land that was to be 25th St. Station. Big Box Retail however probably won't work at that site. One thing I'm sure of for the area is that more good things are coming next.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Southeast Community Path

This will be my last post that was inspired by my trip to Boston and surrounding areas. There are many instances in which adaptive reuse has served Boston and surrounding areas well. One such instance involves the right of a way of a discontinued railroad. Many times those who own these tracks "bank" them in case that pathway is reignited for something similar like Light Rail or a Subway. Other times they're left to rot and they become a blight and eyesore on the Community surrounding them.
In this instance, Somerville, MA (a suburb of Boston) decided to put the right of way for the long discontinued Somerville Freight Spur to a use that serves the Community and makes it an asset rather than a blight. Their solution was the Somerville Community Path which runs from Davis Square to Alewife. This path is well lit, well landscaped, and always busy with runners, walkers, hikers, and bikers day or night. Although there are many great trails and paths throughout Baltimore, I decided to add another one in abandoned railroad lines similar to the Somerville Community Path.
One thing Baltimore has a surplus of is abandoned Railroad tracks and rights of way. As a result a similar Community Path could be constructed practically anywhere in the City. However, one area and one particular right of way (some tracks have been taken out already) is located in Southeast Baltimore. More specifically, it runs from Canton Crossing through the Neighborhoods, of Canton, Brewers Hill, Highlandtown, Greektown, and Kresson.
This particular right of way is unique in that it doesn't have grade changes yet it barely crosses streets with vehicular traffic. It simply runs behind these rapidly growing Neighborhoods around land that was once industrial but is being redeveloped as Residential. This may have been part of the alignment for the Red Line had it not been killed by Larry. My personal Red Line proposal was and is very different from the MTA's so this Community Path can be constructed and my Red Line can built without conflict. In fact, the Path can help provide a link between stops.
The path that the Southeast Community Path will take starts at Canton Crossing just opposite Hanover at Brewer's Hill Apartments on Boston St. It will then turn north crossing under O'Donnell St. and Haven St.at which point it will turn northeast and cross over Eastern Avenue. The path will end at Lombard St. just opposite the Oldham Crossing Community under construction. Should the East Baltimore MARC Station be built, the Path will be extended northward to end at the intersection of Kresson St. and Pulaski Highway.
Although I don't think Baltimore should become a clone of Boston, I have seen some things that Boston got right that Baltimore should take notes from including The Big Dig and in this post, the Somerville Community Path.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The JFX: Baltimore's Real Big Dig

After a very educational visit to Boston, I have come back with a few ideas from there that I think Baltimore should adapt. This one revolves around the highly controversial "Big Dig." To say that the big dig was a massive headache filled with corruption and cost over-runs and snarling traffic for years one end, I would say you were right. However, if you were to walk along the beautiful amenity filled pocket park that ties Downtown Boston to the North End, I think you may agree that it was worth it and can do the same for a similar situation right here in Baltimore.
For those who don't know what the big dig is, I will tell you about the portion of it that I want to bring to Baltimore; I-93 in Boston cut the City on half between Downtown and the north end. In order to make the City a more walkable area and re-open the link between Downtown and the North End, I-93 was taken below for grade for several blocks into an underground tunnel thereby re-connecting Downtown and the North End.
In more recent years, a multi block pocket park has been built over the below grade I-93. This amenity filled pocket park has been a huge boom for Boston as it has bridged Neighborhoods together and has made the area very walkable. The pocket park also provides much needed greenery in the middle of the City. That was the short explanation of the portion of the big dig relevant to this post. The project as a whole was much more involved.
Now here we are back in Baltimore and as the post title suggests, we're talking about the JFX. Like I-93, the JFX creates a very intrusive route through the City cutting off connections between Neighborhoods and is blocking much needed redevelopment in East Baltimore. Not to mention that the road itself is ugly and symbolizes why running a multi-lane Interstate through the middle of a large City was a mistake.
For about 10-15 years now, there have been plans floating around to dismantle the JFX. There have been those who support it and those who are against it. Those who are against it make the argument that Baltimore's traffic is bad enough already and that dismantling a grade separated commuter route will put even more pressure on surface roads such as Guilford Avenue and the Fallsway. I have been for dismantling the JFX so that a new era of redevelopment in East Baltimore can commence between Downtown and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
When I look at the big dig however, I see something that should make everybody happy in the long run for Baltimore. When applying the big dig to Baltimore, what do we get? Does the JFX in its current state get dismantled? Yes. Does Baltimore lose a freeway's worth of travel lanes? No. Is there now great walkability between Downtown in East Baltimore? Yes. Can a new era of redevelopment between Downtown and East Baltimore now occur unifying the two communities? Yes. Is there room for a large multi block pocket park that can go under the now below grade freeway? Yes.
So with the big dig approach applied to the JFX, everybody is happy. The JFX will start and stop at Fayette St. like it always has and will be capped by a pocket park spanning the blocks between Fayette St. and Preston St. with east-west streets going through a tunnel under the pocket park to keep vehicular traffic away from the pocket park. Most plans for dismantling the JFX use Preston St. as the northern end with the Freeway resuming as such before turning westward. Given that this portion of the JFX is actually below grade, I would cap this portion as well and keep the pocket park running all the way to North Avenue thereby bridging the communities of Mount Vernon and Station North.
The JFX in its current form would resume north of north Avenue. I would however like to see if the "Baltimore big dig" can continue all the way to Coldspring Lane so that the Jones Falls Valley Communities may be united once again. As you can see, the logic behind the bid dig was eventually successful in Boston and I see it being so in Baltimore. This is why we have to make the JFX Baltimore's big dig.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dear Grocers, HELP!

The title of this post may come off as a desperate plea. Well, it is! Grocery Stores may be the savoir needed for Baltimore in many ways. I'm not just talking about eradicating food deserts, which is the number one reason that Grocery Stores are needed. Another reason the City is in need of Grocery Stores is because I believe that they are the first step in reinvesting and redeveloping food desert Neighborhoods. When looking for a Neighborhood to invest and develop in, why not chose one that has a brand new full service Grocery Store being built in it?

The Greater Howard Park, Waverly, Canton, Locust Point, and Mondawmin areas have all recently gained brand new Grocers. Pigtown and Hampden have recently had vacant Grocery Stores back-filled with new tenants as well. In addition, many of the now defunct "Stop Shop & Save" stores have been back-filled by "Save A Lot." These stores however, are too small to be competitive with Grocery Stores today. What follows is a plan not only to bring new Grocers into food deserts, but it will also contain redevelopment for the areas surrounding it to have a ripple effect of new activity in the Communities at large.
Most of the Communities I'm crying out for help in are Neighborhoods that may seem forgotten. This is because they're not in a crisis with crime, drugs, and vacants but they also aren't premier destination Neighborhoods nor are they up & coming either. These Neighborhoods have slowly seen middle class flight, rise in negligent land lords, loss of Retail, and loss of new investment. That's why there's a Residential redevelopment component to go near the new Grocery Stores. These Neighborhoods for the most part aren't doom and gloom either. However, if intervention doesn't happen soon, they may be headed that way.

First we come to the Alameda Marketplace. This is is actually a relatively healthy Shopping Center in North Baltimore that has a small Shoppers. This Shoppers back-filled an old Stop Shape & Save that's a fraction of the size of a modern full service Grocer. I would build a brand new 55,000 Square Foot Shoppers at the southwestern corner of The Alameda and Belvedere Avenue with a new Planet Fitness and Exxon spanning and backing the Belvedere Avenue side of the Center. Yorkewood Apartments will be redeveloped in the process. A new Retail strip will be built across from the new Shoppers backing to Chinquapin Parkway. All existing Buildings in the Center will be torn down.

The next Center is located further east on Belvedere Avenue just past Good Sam Hospital. Just above Belvedere's intersection with Hillen Road. This Shopping Center is almost completely vacant and judging by the age and condition of it, trying to back-fill tenants would prove futile. That's why I would tear down and redevelop the entire Center and anchor it with a brand new 60,000 square foot Giant. On either side of the Giant, there would be new Retail space as well as two pad sites at the entrance to the Center. I would also redevelop the old Hillen & Belvedere Apartments as well as the Park-Raven Apartments to put a whole new face on this Neighborhood and better connect it to Good Sam Hospital to make the Center more accessible for visitors and staff alike.

The next Center is Edmondson Village. Although the adjacent Edmondson Square has a Giant in it, we're going to put the two Centers together for the purpose of this redevelopment. At the Center of Edmondson Village is where I would put the new 60,000 square foot Giant. Behind Edmondson Village there is ample land to expand which Edmondson Square does not have. On either side of the Giant, there will be no Retail which will consist of existing tenants. Another row of Retail will go in Edmondson Square facing Edmondson Avenue once the existing Giant is demolished. There will be no Residential redevelopment component seeing as the new Uplands development across the street has that market cornered.

Next we come to Erdman Shopping Center. This Center is located in the far east of the City in Belair Edison at the intersections of Edison Highway, Erdman Avenue, and Sinclair Lane. Most of this Center appears to have been redone recently and remains well leased. However, when taking a look at the Save A Lot that supposedly anchors this Center, you will see it's dated and a fraction of the size of a modern day Grocery Store. Fortunately, this a large plat of land on the opposite side of this Center that should be large to fit a brand new 55,000 square foot Save A Lot. The Herring Run Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library does get in the way of this which is why it will get a brand new building where the current Save A Lot sits. The pad site that sits at the western entrance to this Center will be redeveloped as Residential/Retail mixed use as well.
Our next stop is the one place that doesn't have a vacant or undersized Grocer space in it. In fact, this site is almost entirely Residential. I'm speaking of course about the Madison Park North Apartments aka Murder Mall. This property has been on the City's wrecking block for years due to the crime, blight, and lack of maintenance from its slumlords. In my last post, I suggested redeveloping the eastern end of the property with a brand new 50,000 square foot Grocery Store since the area is in a food desert. I'm rehashing that idea now as well as extending Reservoir Hill Park and building row homes on the western edge of the property.
This next stop on tour of potential Grocery Store sites is Old Town Mall. This area is a grave food desert but unfortunately I don't see a Grocer coming to this area for a while. In other areas of this post, I have given examples of how a new Grocery Store will spur redevelopment throughout the surrounding Communities. In this case, I believe the opposite to be true. I believe that additional redevelopment throughout the surrounding Community FIRST will lure a Grocery Store in. This area has seen severe population loss and the redevelopment that has occurred has been much lower density i.e. replacing public housing high rises with town home Communities.
Never the less, I'm master planning a site just east of Old Town Mall for when outside bring new development to the area. This includes the demolition of the JFX, the re-opening of Gay St, from Orleans St. to Broadway, the redevelopment of the "Edison Properties" as well as the redevelopment of Somerset Homes. The site on proposing sits on the "Forest St. Apartments" which would most likely not survive the redevelopment of the surrounding area. The new 60,000 square foot Shop Rite would have Orleans St. frontage and the site will include a Retail pad site located behind the Shop Rite. Depending on the density of surrounding developments, this Shop Rite might be the ground floor of mixed use building.

Finally, we come to the defunct Parklane Center that's located in the Park Heights Neighborhood along Coldspring Lane in between its intersections with Reisterstown Road and Park Heights Avenue. There is currently a Save A Lot located on the south side of  Coldspring Lane with other buildings surrounding it including a Rite Aid. I would tear down this entire block and build a brand new Rite Aid and Cameron's Seafood Market along Reisterstown Road. I would build a brand new 57,000 square foot Save A Lot on the site of the current one and the freed up land from demolishing the existing Rite Aid and Cameron's. The existing buildings facing Park Heights Avenue would then be rehabbed.
All of the areas I've described are Food Deserts. That is why I'm proposing putting new Grocery Stores in these specific areas. These areas are also lacking substantial investment and if intervention doesn't come soon, the decline will be very severe. That is why a Grocery Store represents in this post, a commitment to the Neighborhoods they serve and also why the immediate areas surrounding these Grocery Stores would undergo redevelopment as a symbol of more to come. But we need that initial commitment from Grocers. So join me in collectively insisting that Grocers HELP! Baltimore City.