OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ)—Building up Owings Mills. Three new projects in the Baltimore County area promise shopping and jobs.

Andrea Fujii tells us about the newest one at the former Solo Cup Factory.

Sitting on prime real estate on Reisterstown Road, developers have big plans for what used to be the Solo Cup Factory.

They’re “redeveloping a warehouse that’s really kind of an eyesore, which is located in the main retail corridor of Owings Mills,” said Brian Gibbons, developer.

Within the next few years, it will be a 52-acre shopping facility called Foundry Row with supermarket Wegmans as its anchor.

“It will be lovely to have different stores in this neighborhood,” said an Owings Mills resident

“I’m looking forward to the Wegmans store being there,” said another.

When done it’s expected to support 3,100 Baltimore County jobs and bring in more than $8 million a year in state tax revenue.

But residents have concerns.

“I’m not looking forward to the traffic,” said an Owings Mills resident. “They really are going to have to do something because it’s already bad.”

And to alleviate some of those worries, the developer hopes to add up to four lanes on Reisterstown Road. And this isn’t the only area project.

Construction is already underway at the Owings Mills Metro Centre that includes a CCBC extension and new library.

And there are plans to re-develop Owings Mills Mall.

These are three projects residents have big hopes for.

“For the last 20 years we have had not much. Once the mall started to die we have always had to go someplace else to do our shopping,” said Vicki Almond, Baltimore County Council Chair

Demolition is expected to start this spring and Foundry Row could be done by the end of 2014.

The project is expected to cost $140 million.

Comments (7)
  1. trevon says:

    will the clientel of that area really support wegman’s ? Probably not in the long run. Way out of budget for new town

  2. Wegman’s is not Wholefoods. You can spend plenty on prepared foods if you want to, but the Wegman’s generic items are comparable in price to Giant and Safeway, and you’ll find the other brands are probably just as cheap at Wegman’s, if not cheaper.

  3. highlifer says:

    On one hand I love Wegman’s but there are some questions that need to be asked.
    Does Baltimore county need another Wegman’s? Does the immediate area, which houses at least 5 other supermarkets, really need another one? Will the area residents even shop there regularly?
    Along with the plans to reinvent the Owings Mills Mall, it’s a good idea but there’s a 50/50 chance that, when put into practice, the area could prove these efforts to be a waste.

  4. The grump says:

    I agree with Trevon – after seeing the slow, agonizing death march of the Owings Mill Mall. The OM Mall had buckets on the floor to catch roof leaks, the last time I was there. The store selection went from upper crust when it opened (I was there – it was beautiful) to bottom of the barrel. I am just waiting until they close their doors for good, and it gets redeveloped like Hunt Valley Mall.

    I would hate for this to happen to Wegmans. Why couldn’t they put it in Columbia instead ? Owings Mill – what were they thinking ?

    1. rob says:

      The wegmans in Columbia will open in July.

  5. Kimmy says:

    Not the right area for a Wegman’s…Columbia or Annapolis would be better areas!

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