BTR Realty Inc. of Linthicum won preliminary Baltimore County approval yesterday for a community shopping center to serve Owings Mills New Town, a 5,500-home community that will be the county's biggest development of the early 1990s.
The shopping center off Lakeside Boulevard would be anchored by Giant Food, which recently signed a lease for a 62,000-square-foot store at the planned 125,000-square-foot center, said Bruce Preston, BTR Realty vice president.
The supermarket will be slightly bigger than recently built Giant stores, such as the one in Hunt Valley, and more than twice the size of a store Giant runs at BTR-owned York Road Plaza, just north of the Baltimore city-county line, he said.
The center "will be a typical neighborhood shopping center mix,
including dry cleaner, video store and other service stores, as well as soft-goods users, such as clothing stores," Mr. Preston said.
He said the timing of construction on the 12 1/2 -acre site will
depend on the pace of home sales in the new community and nearby neighborhoods.
"Tracking the housing starts in that market over the last six months, I would estimate it would be 18 months before we would start construction," he said. The center would open six to eight months later, depending on the weather.
He said the company hasn't signed up tenants other than Giant and probably won't begin marketing other spaces for several months.
BTR's plan was approved yesterday by the County Review Group.
Mr. Preston said the company still must file a final plan to get a building permit before construction can begin.