In Towson, toward a bigger, better mall Work bustles ahead at Towson Town Center.

Commercial real estate

April 01, 1991|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff

The shells of Towson Town Center's three new ceiling dome give only a small indication of what's taking place within the new building, as construction continues at the expanding mall.

Scheduled to be unveiled in mid-October, the completed mall will add 600,000 square feet of new retail space to the 195,000 square feet in the existing mall. Sixty percent of the new building is complete.

The mall, which will include Baltimore's first Nordstrom's department store, is being developed by the San Diego-based Hahn Co., a shopping center developer. The Nordstom's building will add another 225,000 square feet to the mall.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the new Nordstrom's early this summer.

The completed Towson Town Center will contain almost 1 million square feet and 200 specialty stores, making it nearly twice the size of Owings Mills Town Center, said Christopher Schardt, general manager of the Towson mall.

The Towson Hecht's, which will be connected to the new mall upon its completion, finished its own expansion last year, adding 40,000 square feet to its 150,000 square feet of retail.

Renovation of the existing mall began in February, according to Diane Lewis, marketing director for Towson Town Center, and will update the mall's interior to match that of the new mall.

The mall's marble tiles will be replaced with the same type of colored terrazzo floor that will go in the new mall, and the ceiling lights and skylights will also be replaced.

Other changes include a new elevator tower and escalators, 40-foot palm trees and a fountain.

The exterior of the existing mall and its parking lot will also be updated to match those of the new addition.

These renovations should be completed by August or September, Lewis said, adding that the mall will remain open during the remodeling period.

The project's new parking structure, which will be the mall's third, continues to grow and will eventually expand to the length of the new mall. The garage will provide an additional 3,800 spaces, bringing the mall's total parking spaces to 5,850.

There are currently 50 new retail leases in negotiations, Lewis said,

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