OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Baltimore County Board of Appeals upheld the Administrative Law Judge’s decision to approve the site development plan for Foundry Row, a $140 million, 50-acre development in Owings Mills.
In reaching this decision, the Board also rejected all of the neighboring developers’ opposition claims against the development, which is expected to be anchored by a Wegmans on the site of the former Solo Cup plant.
With this approval, Greenberg Gibbons and Vanguard can now their permit applications with hopes of beginning construction on the mixed-use site later this year.
“We are pleased with the Board’s decision and commend the elected officials and community groups who have been steadfast in their support of this project,” said Brian Gibbons, chairman and CEO of Greenberg Gibbons in a statement. “We look forward to turning our attention to the construction phase of Foundry Row and getting one step closer to bringing Wegmans to Owings Mills.”
Gibbons said Foundry Row will be anchored by a 130,000-square-foot Wegmans grocery store. In all, the development will also feature 365,000 square feet of retail space and include a national fitness anchor, sporting goods anchor, upscale shops and restaurants, as well as 60,000 square feet of Class A office space.
“We are thrilled that plans for Foundry Row continue to make positive headway,” said Ralph Uttaro, senior vice president of real estate and development of Wegmans Food Market in a statement. “We remain totally committed to Owings Mills and look forward to opening our store at Foundry Row.”
Developers of the project say the construction phase of Foundry Row will support 2,300 full- and part- time jobs in Baltimore County and $264 million in sales of goods and services from county businesses. Once completed, Foundry Row will permanently support nearly 3,100 jobs.
The project while lauded by many, also had its fair share of detractors, including rival developer David S. Brown, which is developing the neighboring Metro Centre. Opponents are concerned the area won't be able to handle the increased traffic associated with both projects and other existing shopping centers would be negatively impacted.