When Arundel Mills was proposed in the late 1990s, it was to be one of the largest malls on the East Coast. In order to win local support, the Mills Corporation shrank the proposed size of the mall and offered to reconfigure roads, add a community room, and provide land for Anne Arundel Community College. With those concessions by the Mills Corporation, the project received local support.
Slot machines were never proposed or even imagined in the project. Since the mall's opening in 2000, the area has seen an explosion of residential development. The Cordish Cos. did not show current aerial shots of the area surrounding the mall in its proposal. If Cordish had done that, it would have been very evident that the mall is now almost completely surrounded by residential communities.