LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County officials are planning to demolish a dilapidated mall in Laurel to make way for a new town center.

The Washington Examiner reports that developer Greenberg Gibbons plans to tear down Laurel Mall on Route 1 and rebuild it as retail and residential development similar to the Annapolis Towne Centre and Hunt Valley Towne Centre.

The mall, which opened in 1979, has been losing business and tenants to nearby Columbia Mall and Arundel Mills Mall.

Laurel Mayor Craig Moe says developers plan to unveil designs for the center early next year. Moe says two national chains have signed on as tenants at the new center.

The mayor says developers have the permits needed to begin demolishing parts of the mall in the next three to four weeks.

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