Construction of Circle East in Towson has begun

Construction has begun on the retail portion of the Circle East redevelopment in downtown Towson.

Retail Properties of America Inc., which has owned the property since 2004, tapped Kinsley Construction Inc. as the general contractor on the project.

The retail phase of the newly renamed Circle East project is scheduled for completion by next June, Kinsley Construction said.

The York, Pa.-based construction firm said it is converting the former Hutzler Brothers department store on the southeast side of the Towson traffic circle into an outward facing, street-level retail complex with underground parking.

The project includes renovating the interior and improving the building’s facade. An Extra Space Storage facility will remain on the building’s upper floors.

Until last year, the building was home to a Barnes & Noble, a Pier One and a Trader Joe’s. A 390-unit apartment building is slated to rise on the former parking lot across Joppa Road that served those retailers.

Overall, Retail Properties of America, an Illinois real estate investment trust, is investing $30 million in the project.

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