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Rotunda redevelopment plans criticized by city panel

Rotunda redevelopment plans criticized by city panel

Officials criticized new plans for the redevelopment of North Baltimore's Rotunda mall on Thursday, questioning whether turning the landmark shopping center inside out — making stores accessible only from outdoor sidewalks — would best serve residents of the surrounding communities.

New Jersey-based developer Hekemian & Co. has tried for more than five years to revitalize the 11-acre Rotunda site, but Thursday's presentation was the first time that details of the $100 million rehabilitation plan had been shown to a citywide group.

The mall, topped by offices and surrounded by a large surface parking lot, served as a shopping hub for some of the city's most desirable...