Shopping center nears completion

A 75,000-square-foot shopping center is scheduled to open next week at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Montgomery Road in east Howard County.

The $8 million development is anchored by a 40,000-square-foot A&P; Super Fresh supermarket, which is to open next Wednesday.


The shopping center is located next to an existing Elkridge National Bank. In addition to the supermarket, other tenants are a Rite Aid Discount Pharmacy, Blockbuster Video, Pizza Hut, Elkridge Cleaners and Shear Brothers, a hair-stying salon.

The project is 80 percent leased. All of the tenants are expected to open within the next 30 days, according to Robert Levin, of KLNB Realtors, the leasing agent.


The center is expected to serve more than 100,000 residents living within a five-mile radius and to draw customers from Arbutus, Halethorpe and Jessup, KLNB said.

The development team includes L&M; Development, the project owners; Robert Hoffman Associates, the architect; and George William Stephens, the engineer.

* The Home Builders Association of Maryland has completed its renovation of the new headquarters of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland at 1801 S. Hanover St.

The Home Builders donated an estimated $200,000 worth of materials and supplies for the renovation. Most of the work was done by participants in the Home Builders construction skills training program, which operates in conjunction with the Baltimore Office of Employment Development.

The building, estimated to be 150 years old, housed a neighborhood pub until it was vacated three years ago.

The Child Abuse Prevention Center is a private, non-profit organization that uses community volunteers to counsel families and help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.


The following are some commercial real estate transactions:


* Hunan Pagoda has leased 2,655 square feet of space at Commerce Corporate Center Retail, Route 176 and Ridge Road, according to W.C. Pinkard & Co.