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February 13, 2013
Tracy Camila Johns captured this serene shot of what was left of Laurel Mall in the early hours on Jan. 25. Johns said the mall "is very dear to me, because when I first came to live in Laurel, 22 years ago, one of the places I frequented was the Laurel Mall. I watched the structure deteriorate over the years, the diminishing number of stores and the ghost she became long before the doors were finally shut. I look forward to seeing her restored to an even greater glory. "
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Lorraine Mirabella | January 28, 2014
  Old Navy, Panera Bread and Party City are among 14 stores and restaurants that will join the lineup at Towne Centre at Laurel, the $130 million redevelopment of the old Laurel Mall. Developer Greenberg Gibbons announced the latest tenants during Laurel's Mayor and City Council meeting Monday, noting that the project that's now under construction is 85 percent leased with previously announced anchors such as Regal Cinemas, Sports Authority and Harris Teeter supermarket.
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November 26, 2012
Even before it closed in May 2012, Laurel Mall had taken a big plunge from its glory days when it opened in 1979 as Laurel Centre, with Montgomery Ward and JC Penny as anchor stores and droves of shoppers. By 2001, as consumer shopping habits veered away from enclosed malls and with the opening of larger, nearby shopping complexes, Laurel Mall had begun to decline. Montgomery Ward's bankruptcy led to its store closing at the mall. A year later, JC Penney left as well. By 2005, the mall found itself in a court-ordered receivership when its owners, Laurel Centre Associates, could not pay their debts.
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October 31, 2013
The federal shutdown this fall was a tough lesson in how coming to agreement is important to getting things done. When the five City Council incumbents answered questions at the Laurel Board of Trade's public candidates forum last week, their answers were nearly always made in agreement with one another. And while it would have been nice to hear what they didn't agree on, they have found enough common ground to effectively govern the city as a council in the last two years. The council successfully attracted a developer to replace the nearly empty Laurel Mall; enhanced pedestrian safety through improving crosswalks such as the one for residents of Selbourn House; has worked with the business community and created incentives for new business to come to Main Street; and has proposed lowering property taxes as the city receives expected new revenue from developments that are in the works.
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August 9, 2012
Laurel Mall news nothing to get excited about So a grocery store (Harris Teeter) and Burlington Coat Factory (already here and completely empty) are the main attractions to a new open center look to replace the still-standing (parking decks and all) mall? ("Laurel Mall redevelopment scheduled to begin Aug. 14," Laurel Leader, Aug. 1). Oh, I forgot, and Regal Cinemas. We've been listening to promises of progress relating to the mall for years. The last report we heard was that the parking deck(s)
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November 19, 2012
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, the Laurel Lions Club's Christmas trees sales lot will be open in the parking lot of Laurel Shopping Center, Route 1 at Montrose Avenue. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The club's Christmas tree lot moved from its usual spot in the parking lot of Laurel Mall this year because of the ongoing demolition at the mall. The sales lot will be underneath the new, brown Laurel Shopping Center sign, near Route 1. Sales will continue until all trees are sold.
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June 28, 2011
Macy's, long the anchor store at Laurel Mall, could be leaving the city limits. At a City Hall in the Park June 22 at Roland B. Sweitzer Park, Mayor Craig Moe told residents that redevelopment plans for Laurel Mall call for the entire structure to be torn down, including the Macy's building. "I suspect that Macy's wants to go to Konterra, a regional shopping center," City Council President Michael Leszcz said, referring to the mega mixed-use development planned for the outskirts of Laurel near I-95.
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Lorraine Mirabella | January 28, 2014
  Old Navy, Panera Bread and Party City are among 14 stores and restaurants that will join the lineup at Towne Centre at Laurel, the $130 million redevelopment of the old Laurel Mall. Developer Greenberg Gibbons announced the latest tenants during Laurel's Mayor and City Council meeting Monday, noting that the project that's now under construction is 85 percent leased with previously announced anchors such as Regal Cinemas, Sports Authority and Harris Teeter supermarket.
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January 3, 2000
Urban Retail wins contract to manage, lease Laurel Mall Urban Shopping Centers Inc. has announced that its management company affiliate, Urban Retail Properties Co., has assumed management, leasing and marketing responsibilities for Laurel Mall. The contract was awarded by Cheslock Bakker & Associates and Apollo Real Estate Investment Fund II, LP, co-owners of the property. Laurel Mall is a two-level, 660,301-square-foot enclosed regional mall on U.S. 1 in Laurel. The mall opened in 1979 and underwent a major renovation that was completed in 1998.
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November 23, 2000
Laurel Regional Hospital, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in the J. R. Jones Conference Room of the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Information or to schedule an appointment: 301-497-7950, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled appointments will be given priority. Signing Santa to appear at Laurel Mall on Tuesday A signing Santa for deaf and hearing-impaired children will appear from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 5 and 19 at the center court of Laurel Mall.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | May 14, 2013
No new leases have been announced for Town Centre Laurel — the development that is planned for the site where Laurel Mall once stood — but agreements with tenants already announced have been officially finalized, and the project is said to be on track. The developers of the $130 million project gave City Council members an update at the meeting on Monday night, May 13. Officials with Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, the project's lead developer, said asbestos removal and the demolition work of the existing structure went as planned.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | April 5, 2013
Riders used to seeing white, Connect-A-Ride buses along the G route could be confused by red and white vehicles at bus stops this week that have a CMRT logo emblazoned on the side. Central Maryland Regional Transit (formerly CTC), which manages the local bus system in Laurel and surrounding counties, has changed the bus service's logo, and the Connect-A-Ride brand is no more. CMRT officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Laurel Municipal Center April 3 to unveil the system's new logo and rolled out the first bus displaying the new design.
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February 13, 2013
Tracy Camila Johns captured this serene shot of what was left of Laurel Mall in the early hours on Jan. 25. Johns said the mall "is very dear to me, because when I first came to live in Laurel, 22 years ago, one of the places I frequented was the Laurel Mall. I watched the structure deteriorate over the years, the diminishing number of stores and the ghost she became long before the doors were finally shut. I look forward to seeing her restored to an even greater glory. "
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November 26, 2012
Even before it closed in May 2012, Laurel Mall had taken a big plunge from its glory days when it opened in 1979 as Laurel Centre, with Montgomery Ward and JC Penny as anchor stores and droves of shoppers. By 2001, as consumer shopping habits veered away from enclosed malls and with the opening of larger, nearby shopping complexes, Laurel Mall had begun to decline. Montgomery Ward's bankruptcy led to its store closing at the mall. A year later, JC Penney left as well. By 2005, the mall found itself in a court-ordered receivership when its owners, Laurel Centre Associates, could not pay their debts.
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November 19, 2012
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, the Laurel Lions Club's Christmas trees sales lot will be open in the parking lot of Laurel Shopping Center, Route 1 at Montrose Avenue. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The club's Christmas tree lot moved from its usual spot in the parking lot of Laurel Mall this year because of the ongoing demolition at the mall. The sales lot will be underneath the new, brown Laurel Shopping Center sign, near Route 1. Sales will continue until all trees are sold.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
The company redeveloping the former Solo Cup site in Owings Mills has made overtures to the owners of the Owings Mills Mall about purchasing that property, its CEO said Thursday. Leaders of Greenberg Gibbons, which is preparing to tear down the old Solo Cup plant to build the Foundry Row retail center on Reisterstown Road, "are big believers in the Owings Mills market and would love to do Foundry Row and the mall," chairman and CEO Brian Gibbons said. "We've reached out" to the mall owners, said Gibbons, whose company is based in Owings Mills.
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October 11, 2011
I have known Mike Sarich for 30 years. We grew up in Laurel, friends and classmates together at St. Mary of the Mills and St. Vincent Pallotti. We have watched our vibrant community turn slowly into what it is today - a shell of the once stand-up city it used to be. We've watched friend after friend and family after family leave the town they spent 20+ years in, because they couldn't bear to watch their city die a slow, painful death. The Laurel Mall and Main Street have fallen by the wayside.
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September 19, 2011
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and auxiliary are hosting this year's 89th annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association convention in Laurel this week. To start off the week-long convention, teams of firefighters and auxiliary members challenged one another in field game competitions Saturday, Sept. 17 at McCullough Field. Some of the skill challenges included a bucket brigade, tug of war and a race to dress for a fire alarm. The convention wraps up with a parade Saturday, Sept.
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August 9, 2012
Laurel Mall news nothing to get excited about So a grocery store (Harris Teeter) and Burlington Coat Factory (already here and completely empty) are the main attractions to a new open center look to replace the still-standing (parking decks and all) mall? ("Laurel Mall redevelopment scheduled to begin Aug. 14," Laurel Leader, Aug. 1). Oh, I forgot, and Regal Cinemas. We've been listening to promises of progress relating to the mall for years. The last report we heard was that the parking deck(s)
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November 7, 2011
Thank you very much for all of the support and encouragement that I received during the past month during my run for Council at-large seat on the city of Laurel Council. I truly appreciate every vote across both Ward 1 and Ward 2 in support of my candidacy. I was also impressed with the voter turnout, which in previous years was somewhat disappointing. While I was unsuccessful in my first bid for elected office I learned a lot about the political process. I would like to thank every last person who sacrificed their time by helping me hold signs, educate residents and spend countless hours knocking on doors speaking to residents in our community.
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