Montgomery County mall being leveled, but Lord & Taylor can stay open, court says

Associated Press

A court has ruled that a Lord & Taylor department store can remain open, despite the fact that the rest of the popular Montgomery County shopping mall has been leveled for redevelopment as part of a plan that is now in limbo.

WTOP-FM says three judges of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2015 decision that the White Flint Mall's owners breached an easement agreement with Lord & Taylor when they promised to maintain the property as a "first class" mall until at least 2042.

The future of the mall in Kensington remains uncertain, since the decision, which was published on Tuesday, puts a further hold on the owners, Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies, from moving forward with an $800 million redevelopment plan.

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