Peter G. Angelos is moving ahead with plans for an $8 million retail shopping center along the York Road corridor in Timonium that has attracted millions of redevelopment dollars during the past year.
Demolition of eight buildings on a 4.5-acre lot in the 2000 block of York Road began about two weeks ago, said Wayne R. Gioioso Jr., vice president of Artemis Management and Development Inc., Angelos' real estate company. Angelos, a Baltimore lawyer, owns the Orioles.
The building, expected to be finished by late next year, will house at least four stores, but possibly as many as eight or 10.
A number of new or developing buildings have gone up in the area, including Angelos' Foxtail Center, which opened nearby on York Road last year, and Fairgrounds Plaza on Aylesbury Road )) which is almost complete. Another shopping center is about to be built at York and Padonia roads.
"York Road is a hot area," Gioioso said. "It's probably the premier artery in Maryland because of traffic and demographics. We intend to clean up what is now considered an eyesore.
"We're working with the community closely for their support and ideas to do that."
Several possible tenants have expressed interest in the site, Gioioso said, but nothing is final. A restaurant, paint company, an Oriental rug store, dog grooming shop, florist shop and nail salon formerly operated at the site.
While many residents applaud redevelopment in the area, they are concerned about the impact of more businesses in the crowded corridor.
"We are happy to see the antiquated, vacant buildings coming down and something new going in there," said Kathleen F. Beadell, president of the Greater Timonium Community Council, a group of 26 community associations. "It was in a state of urban decay.
"But while I'm happy to see the redevelopment, we need to be very, very wise about the traffic. The fight to get in and out of the roads around here is ridiculous."
In 1993, the Hunt Valley-Timonium Redevelopment Study recommended that growth not tax roads or hurt nearby neighborhoods. Aiming for a business district in the Hunt Valley-Timonium area, the plan called for rezoning much of the area for retail and manufacturing.
To attract more business while controlling growth, restrictive covenants with tougher design standards for new buildings were adopted. For example, the Foxtail Center is set back from York Road with landscaping and sidewalks to help make the block look less crowded.
Gioioso said developers might seek another traffic light on York Road to make it easier for people to enter and leave the center. One access road, instead of the four tiny roads that led to the old buildings, also should lessen the traffic confusion, he said.
"We're going to improve the whole area, traffic and all," Gioioso said. "It's going to look a lot more orderly."
Pub Date: 12/16/98