Thursday, March 9, 2017
Dear Grocers, HELP!
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.
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.
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.