Upscale changes for Harford Mall postponed

October 09, 2005|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

The owner of the Harford Mall has pulled off the table plans to expand and transform the shopping center into a "lifestyle center," noting a reorganization within the company.

The plans, which had gone through various changes and faced several obstacles, were expected to be reviewed at last Thursday's planning and zoning meeting.

But a planning official said the mall's owner, CBL & Associates, notified Bel Air that the plans were being pulled because of an internal shuffle, but could be revamped in the future.

"We hope so," said Bel Air planner Jenny King. "We don't want to see it go away."

Deborah Gibb, director of corporate relations for CBL, which is based in Chattanooga, Tenn., said she had no information about the project and that the company had no comment.

According to a design submitted to the town last month by MSTSD, an Atlanta-based architect, the mall operators were looking to transform at least part of the structure to bring in a higher-end clientele with shop entrances accessible from the outside.

The mall, at Belair Road and Route 24, is the only enclosed shopping area in the county and has faced competition in recent years as upscale retail development has crept down Route 24. The expansion would have involved tearing down the food court, and extending the mall's boundaries toward U.S. 1.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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