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Rezoning sought for retail center in Owings Mills

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Columbia developer is pursuing plans to build what would be the Owings Mills area's first "power center" of warehouse-size stores.

Manekin Corp. has petitioned the county to rezone 156 acres in the Red Run development area as part of its plans for a 300,000- to 500,000-square-foot retail center. It would be second in size to only Owings Mills Mall among Northwest Baltimore County retail complexes.

Dicky Darrell, a Manekin official who oversees the company's retail development, said the proposed power center would thrive in Owings Mills.

"It's underserved," he said of the Owings Mills market. "There are people there who have disposable income."

Thomas H. Maddux, a broker at KLNB Inc. who would market the project to prospective tenants, compared the planned center to similar projects in White Marsh and Columbia. He said the commercial development would complement the mall and a strip center in Owings Mills New Town.

The site is on the southeast side of Pleasant Hill Road, 1,000 feet southwest of the Northwest Expressway (Interstate 795).

Some of the 156 acres would be lost to the Red Run Boulevard extension and accompanying sewer lines and parkland, Mr. Maddux said.

Manekin's purchase of the property, which is owned by a partnership led by Woodlawn developer Leroy Merritt, is contingent on rezoning approval. The company is asking that the land be rezoned from light industrial to major commercial use.

Mr. Darrell said the center could be open in time for holiday shopping in 1997.

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