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After years of dwindling visitors, the Perryville Outlet Center near the I-95 and Route 22 interchange in Cecil County has closed, a town official said. Efforts will be focused on redeveloping the site.
After years of dwindling visitors, the Perryville Outlet Center near the I-95 and Route 22 interchange in Cecil County has closed, a town official said. Efforts will be focused on redeveloping the site. (Google Maps / Baltimore Sun)

After years of decline, the Perryville Outlet Center is officially closed and may be changing hands, a town official said Thursday.

"We were told as of Oct. 1 it officially was closed," Perryville Planning and Zoning Director Mary Ann Skilling said, explaining she is not sure what the owner's plans are.

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"There is a potential buyer but they are in their due diligence phase, so we don't know exactly what is being proposed for the site," Skilling said.

The outlet center is off Route 222 just south of the Perryville interchange on I-95. The Hollywood Casino Perryville is by the same interchange.

The town is hoping to see the property redeveloped.

Skilling said she would like the site, which is zoned C2 for Highway Commercial use, to become an enterprise zone, allowing it to be eligible for tax credits.

The federal Department of Defense has given a $1 million grant to the Bainbridge Development Corporation to assess the condition of the soils on the 1,200-acre site of the former Naval Training Center-Bainbridge in Port Deposit, whose redevelopment is stalled once again. The money will be used to assess the best areas for mixed-use development

The mayor and town commissioners, however, just tabled a vote on making it an enterprise zone, she said.

"There are many uses that could be there," Skilling said. "It's a piece of property that is sort of isolated by itself, but it is definitely close to the highway. It has water and sewer."

European grocery chain Lidl will open a distribution center in Perryville and hire 100 full-time workers over the next three years..

Skilling said she thinks the decline in the once-bustling outlet center has largely been because of tolls and the proximity of sales tax-free outlets in Delaware.

"Some of the biggest hurdles that Cecil County has is tolls," she said. "The tolls are really, definitely impacting our opportunity to expand."

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