Harford Week

January 04, 2004

Tenn. company buys Harford Mall for $71 million

Harford County's only enclosed mall and the adjacent shopping annex have been purchased by a Chattanooga, Tenn., real estate company for $71 million.

Harford Mall, built in Bel Air in 1973, is one of the smaller regional centers in the Baltimore area - a single-story building with 500,000 square feet of space. It is anchored by Hecht's and Sears and is about 95 percent full, according to CBL & Associates Properties Inc., the Tennessee company that bought the properties from affiliates of Kimco Realty Corp.

The 108,000-square-foot Harford Annex is completely leased, anchored by Best Buy, PETsMART, Gardiners Furniture and Dollar Tree.

CBL officials said the location, at Route 24 and Business U.S. 1, has a trade area of about 200,000 residents.

"Sales are strong," said Deborah Gibb, corporate relations director for CBL, which announced the deal this week. "Whenever we purchase malls, we look for the dominant retail shopping center in a given market."

People have long speculated that the mall would be expanded to two stories, but Gibb said the company has no immediate plans to add onto the 47-acre site. She said CBL will analyze the mix of stores instead.

"We always look for opportunities to bring in national retailers," Gibb said.

It is a busy intersection - shopping centers sit at every corner, including Cordish Co.'s Tollgate Market Place. The nearest major competitor is White Marsh, the 1.1 million-square-foot mall owned by the Rouse Co.

County to offer free seedling to those recycling trees

The Harford County Office of Recycling will conduct a holiday tree recycling program from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17 at the county's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center at Scarboro Landfill's Compost Area, 3135 Scarboro Road, Street, and at the county's Yard Trim Drop Off Site, 703 N. Tollgate Road. Bel Air.

Those taking trees to either location will receive a coupon good for a free seedling available in the spring.

Information: the county's Office of Recycling at 410-638-3417.

Janice Andrews joins Aberdeen medical practice

Janice Andrews, a certified registered nurse practitioner, has joined Bayside Internal Medicine LLC in Aberdeen, according to the Upper Chesapeake Health System.

Andrews' interests include geriatric care in the settings of nursing and rehabilitation centers, home-based visits, assisted-living care, pediatric and adolescent care and patient education.

Andrews received bachelor's and master's degrees from Wilmington College in New Castle, Del. She has worked as a nurse at Union Medical Clinic, Harford Memorial Hospital and for the state of Maryland. She is an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington College, where she oversees the clinical education of nurse practitioner students.

Edwards named head of emergency nursing

The interim director of the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Emergency Department, Karol Edwards, has been named nursing director of the department.

Edwards has worked at Upper Chesapeake for 13 years. Before being appointed interim director, Edwards was administrative coordinator of UCMC for seven years. Before her appointment as administrative coordinator, Edwards worked in the emergency services department.

Edwards has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. She expects to complete a master of science degree in health administration at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., this month.

Comcast moving Harford to Channel 21

Harford Cable Network, the public, education and government channel serving central and southern Harford County, is set to move Jan. 17 from Comcast Channel 3 to Comcast Channel 21 as part of the cable provider's reshuffling of its broadcast channel lineup.

HCN will continue to air its program schedule on Clearview Channel 7 serving cable subscribers in Harford's northern end.

Information: 410-638-3899.

Cecil County

N.C. woman released on bond in slayings

ELKTON - A North Carolina woman charged with murder after two bodies were found in a car in which she was riding has posted bond and returned to the state, officials said.

Porsha L. Harper, 36, of Greensboro, N.C., was released from the Cecil County Detention Center, officials said. She is charged with first-degree murder, and bond had been set at $250,000.

Harper and James Moore, 39, of Andrews, S.C., were arrested Nov. 5 during a traffic stop after a trooper noticed their car was riding low to the ground, and clothes were scattered inside, court records show. Harper opened the trunk for police, and two bound bodies wrapped in plastic and blankets were discovered, records show.

The victims, who were shot, were identified as Willie A. Robinson, 35, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Alexandria A. Withers, 21, of Greensboro, N.C.

Moore remains in the detention center, also charged with first-degree murder and held in lieu of $500,000, officials said.

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