The Aberdeen area could soon get a new place to shop, and stay overnight, near the busy I-95 interchange at Route 22.
Nikos Kapsis, the longtime owner of the Holiday Inn Express and the Olive Tree restaurant off of Beards Hill Road, is proposing a shopping center and hotel on the other side of I-95 near Ripken Stadium.
The plan, which shows up to 40 20-by-85 foot retail spaces, two pad sites and a potential Hyatt Place hotel on 14 acres just north of Route 22 near Long Drive, will be submitted to the City of Aberdeen within a month, Tammy Lowry-Gault, operations director for I-95 LLC, the company developing the property, said Thursday.
The interstate highway runs just east of the property, and Long Drive is the main entrance road to the stadium are from Route 22.
Lowry-Gault, the general manager for the Holiday Inn, said the shopping plaza doesn't have a name yet.
The shopping center would be 48,000 square feet, plus the pad sites, she said. It would not be in the style or design of the Avenue at White Marsh, but would have a water fountain or other feature and "an upscale look," she said. According to the plan, the individual retail spaces are
A similar project proposed for the stadium area 10 years ago, Fieldside Village, fell through when the economy slumped. Fieldside Village had been intended as a mixed-use and condominium complex, but only one building was built.
A new apartment project is under construction near the stadium.
Aberdeen Mayor Mike Bennett, who was not in office during the Fieldside Village proposal, said he nevertheless "really wasn't enthralled" with the previous project and is confident this one will be different.
"What I see of this, I am really, really encouraged by it," he said. "I like the flow and the thought process."
"We have heard the market is turning and we just want to be very careful about what we put there," she said about the site. "We are basically focusing on what will be good for Harford County and Aberdeen."