MVA leaving Mondawmin shopping center for Park Heights

For 40 years, the place for Baltimoreans to go to get a driver's license or return license plates in the city has been Mondawmin Mall. No more.

The state Motor Vehicle Administration's Baltimore office is leaving its longtime home at Mondawmin Mall and relocating to a new site up Reisterstown Road.

Friday will be its last day at the mall, where it has been since 1971. On Monday it will reopen at the Hilltop Shopping Center at 5424 Reisterstown Road. On Saturday morning, when there is normally service, the city office will be closed for moving.

MVA spokesman Buel Young said the agency is moving because it lost its lease at Mondawmin. He said the new office will have the state's first 24-hour kiosk for registration renewals and twice as many parking spaces.

Young said the new office is 3 miles up Reisterstown Road in the revitalizing area of Park Heights. Unlike the current location, which is directly on the Metro line, the new office will be about four blocks from the Rogers Avenue station, Young said. However, the Hilltop location is right on the Maryland Transit Administration's Route 53 bus line.

According to the MVA, the city office serves about 26,000 people a month. Young said the Hilltop office will offer all the services provided at Mondawmin.

The MVA has had its city office at Mondawmin since May 1971. It moved to a location inside the mall in 1974, where it remained until moving to its current office next to the mall in 1984.

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