County might lease space at Randallstown shopping center

February 14, 2010|By By Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun

Three years after losing its anchor tenant, a Baltimore County shopping center might soon find new life as home to a community college, job training and government offices.

Officials say Randallstown Shopping Plaza, which has lost Giant Food and several other businesses in recent years, meets the requirements for a satellite campus of Baltimore County Community College, a trade school, administrative offices for the county Department of Social Services, the Office of Sustainability and a center to assist and train job-seekers.

"This shopping center is basically closed down and we would expand it with work force development," said Keith Dorsey, county budget director. "There are few other options this size and under one roof. And, this is reasonable in [terms of] price for the area."

On Tuesday, the County Council will consider a $5.9 million, 10-year lease for about 39,000 square feet at the shopping center at Liberty and Offutt roads.

The federal government would pay $4.7 million of the rent over the term of the lease, which would begin in January 2011. Two five-year renewal options are included in the proposal.

The county operates job-training centers in Essex and Hunt Valley and has been seeking a third site to serve the Liberty Road and Woodlawn corridors, Dorsey said.

"With this site, we can have work force development and college classes where we need them," Dorsey said. The proximity to Randallstown High School would allow eligible students to walk to college classes, he said.

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