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August 24, 2012
Regarding Steven Riveli's praise for the Rotunda mall owner's design decisions and list of experts who favor this type of development, the key to the most favorable plan lies in the character of the community it will serve ("Rotunda owners right to turn the mall inside out," Aug. 21). The community surrounding the Rotunda is not Harbor East or Towson. It is in an area that serves three senior citizen complexes and several well-established neighborhoods. This community welcomes the upgrade of the Rotunda and new neighbors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
The eight-screen movie complex at Glen Burnie's Marley Station mall, closed since February, will re-open later this year under the management of Horizons Cinemas, which also operates the four-screen Rotunda Cinemas, eight-screen Beltway Movies and two-screen Pikes Theatre. Ira Miller, owner of Horizons Cinemas, said he hopes to have the Marley Station Movies 8 open by early June. His plans for the theaters, which have a combined seating capacity of about 2,000, include new seats and draperies, along with new digital projection equipment, Miller said.
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NEWS
January 12, 2008
It will be bigger and taller, home to residents and retailers, with ample parking and a subterranean supermarket. A redeveloped Rotunda will extend the happenings in Hampden up through staid Wyman Park and revive a North Baltimore landmark - finally. And the mixed-use revitalization project won't cost the public a penny in subsidies; that's a win for Baltimore on many fronts. With last month's approval by the city Planning Department, developers expect to break ground on the new Rotunda shopping center this spring.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
I read the article on the front page of Maryland Business section about the planned CineBistro at the Rotunda ( "Moviegoing adds luxury," April 1). Imagine the traffic on 41st Street that a seven-screen multiplex would bring! The dinner and a movie concept? The sounds of dishes clinking, forks stabbing, the melange of fragrances from the "chef inspired" menu assaulting the moviegoer's senses - and cocktails, a great idea for keeping the chit chat down during a screening. Leather chairs and swing away tables?
NEWS
March 29, 2013
This letter is regarding MOM's Organic Market being considered for the space vacated by Giant in the Rotunda ("Rotunda redeveloper taking fresh look at MOM's Organic Market" Mar 20). This small boutique grocery will not meet the needs of the community. The seniors who live nearby need a full-service grocery such as Graul's. It is sad to see seniors struggling up and down the hill to Giant. Those who wish to shop at Mom's can easily drive there for their organic products. Stephanie Charles, Baltimore
EXPLORE
By Kathy Hudson
hudmud@aol.com
and By Kathy Hudson
hudmud@aol.com
| February 8, 2012
News that the Giant at the Rotunda is moving west to the old Superfresh store is good news. It will be great to have a Giant that's larger and comparable to the one on York Road north of Gittings Avenue.   The bad news is that the supermarket site at the Rotunda will be vacant. Those who work at the Rotunda and  those who shop at the other stores in that once bustling shopping center will miss having a handy grocery in the building. So will the residents of Roland Park Place and the senior high rises on Roland Avenue south of 40th street.    While the Giant will not be far away, it will be down a hill and farther from those seniors than it was before.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
As a resident and small business owner in Charles Village for more than 20 years, I applaud Rotunda owner Hekemian & Co. for advancing and sticking to their plan to turn the mall-styled shopping center "inside out" by re-orienting the stores to face the sidewalks and street ("Rotunda's owners tweak redesign," Aug. 16). While I greatly respect the views of the city officials who think otherwise, their position in favor of a more traditional, inward-facing mall are not in sync with well established community development best-practices.
EXPLORE
By Larry Perl, lperl@patuxent.com | June 26, 2012
New details about planned redevelopment of the Rotunda have emerged, including a possibly quicker timetable for moving a new grocery store into the struggling mall in Roland Park. "One of the (grocery retail) groups we're working with has expressed a desire to move in as soon as possible. We're hoping the logistics work out," Al Barry, a local land-use consultant to mall owner Hekemian & Co., told a neighborhood advisory task force Tuesday. "Retailers like parking and access. That's going to be a challenge.
SPORTS
September 17, 2010
The University of Virginia honored the memory of Cockeysville native Yeardley Love with a symbolic display on the schools grounds in anticipation of Friday's "Day of Dialogue. " The columns of the school's Rotunda were draped with black material this week as part of an art project meant to remember the U.Va. lacrosse player. According to a release, 10 south-facing columns were draped in "black diaphanous fabric. " The University also announced Friday that they were planning a series of events the following Friday that are designed to encourage dialogue among U.Va.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 17, 2013
As expected, the chain MOM's Organic Market will open a 15,000-square foot grocery store in the Rotunda, Hekemian & Co., the redeveloper of the mall announced Tuesday. MOM's succeeds Giant Food, which closed its store last year after 41 years and opened a new store nearby in the Green Spring Tower Square shopping center on 41st Street. The Rotunda had room for a 20,000-square-foot boutique grocery store, but 15,000 square feet is the MOM's model, said Chris Bell, senior vice president for development at New Jersey-based Hekemian.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 17, 2013
As expected, the chain MOM's Organic Market will open a 15,000-square foot grocery store in the Rotunda, Hekemian & Co., the redeveloper of the mall announced Tuesday. MOM's succeeds Giant Food, which closed its store last year after 41 years and opened a new store nearby in the Green Spring Tower Square shopping center on 41st Street. The Rotunda had room for a 20,000-square-foot boutique grocery store, but 15,000 square feet is the MOM's model, said Chris Bell, senior vice president for development at New Jersey-based Hekemian.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 3, 2013
"Well, this is day one," said Ray Nowowieski, general superintendent for Bozzuto Construction Co., wearing his hard hat and surveying the phase 1 work already under way as redevelopment of the Rotunda mall began. Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke stopped by to see what was going on and to help Bozzuto and Hekemian & Co, the redeveloper, get permits to open an office inside the mall, where only two retail tenants, Rite Aid and the Rotunda Cinematheque movie theaters were still open.
EXPLORE
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | August 20, 2013
Groundbreaking for Hekemian & Co.'s two-year, $100 million redevelopment of the Rotunda will be Sept. 3,. Most of the struggling shopping mall's remaining retail tenants must leave ahead of construction, but office tenants will remain, officials said. Chris Bell, senior vice president for the mall's New Jersey-based owner, met with 30 community leaders and elected officials at the Rotunda on Tuesday to tell them about the plans. Also on hand were executive vice president Brian Hekemian and officials of Buzzuto Construction Co., the builder.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Rotunda Theatre operator Ira Miller will be running the resurrected Pikes Theatre when it begins showing movies this summer. Miller took over the Rotunda in 2009, adding a third screen the following year and a fourth in July 2012. He said he hoped to open the new Pikes in late July or early August. The new theater will have two screens and show first-run films, he said. The theater building, which opened in 1937, has housed a succession of restaurants since the last film was shown there in 1983.
NEWS
April 2, 2013
If I had to vote on which food store I would like to see at the Rotunda, I would vote for Graul's Market. My reason is simple: Graul's is a full-service market. Retirement communities and apartment buildings, all inhabited by senior citizens, surround the Rotunda. St. Mary's Roland View Towers is a two-building complex near the intersection of Roland Avenue and 40th Street. Roland Park Place and Keswick Multi-Care are right across from the Rotunda on 40th Street. Many who live and work in those complexes depended on the Giant for groceries until it moved down the hill.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
This letter is regarding MOM's Organic Market being considered for the space vacated by Giant in the Rotunda ("Rotunda redeveloper taking fresh look at MOM's Organic Market" Mar 20). This small boutique grocery will not meet the needs of the community. The seniors who live nearby need a full-service grocery such as Graul's. It is sad to see seniors struggling up and down the hill to Giant. Those who wish to shop at Mom's can easily drive there for their organic products. Stephanie Charles, Baltimore
NEWS
April 2, 2013
If I had to vote on which food store I would like to see at the Rotunda, I would vote for Graul's Market. My reason is simple: Graul's is a full-service market. Retirement communities and apartment buildings, all inhabited by senior citizens, surround the Rotunda. St. Mary's Roland View Towers is a two-building complex near the intersection of Roland Avenue and 40th Street. Roland Park Place and Keswick Multi-Care are right across from the Rotunda on 40th Street. Many who live and work in those complexes depended on the Giant for groceries until it moved down the hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | March 16, 2000
With the closing of TCBY and the Charm City Diner in the Rotunda, shoppers and office workers there can no longer conveniently get a sandwich or a cup of coffee. So when the news went around that Denise Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon in Hampden, would be opening a branch of her restaurant in the TCBY space, patrons were overjoyed. But the original deal fell through, and it looked as if lunch would be limited to a slice of pizza from the Rotunda's Casa Mia or takeout from the Giant's salad bar. Last week, though, Whiting reached an agreement with Manekin Corp.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
Regarding Steven Riveli's praise for the Rotunda mall owner's design decisions and list of experts who favor this type of development, the key to the most favorable plan lies in the character of the community it will serve ("Rotunda owners right to turn the mall inside out," Aug. 21). The community surrounding the Rotunda is not Harbor East or Towson. It is in an area that serves three senior citizen complexes and several well-established neighborhoods. This community welcomes the upgrade of the Rotunda and new neighbors.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
As a resident and small business owner in Charles Village for more than 20 years, I applaud Rotunda owner Hekemian & Co. for advancing and sticking to their plan to turn the mall-styled shopping center "inside out" by re-orienting the stores to face the sidewalks and street ("Rotunda's owners tweak redesign," Aug. 16). While I greatly respect the views of the city officials who think otherwise, their position in favor of a more traditional, inward-facing mall are not in sync with well established community development best-practices.
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