Monday, September 03, 2012

Upcoming Announcement About Carrolltown Center?

I have it from a couple of good sources that Carrolltown Center owner Black Oak Associates is going to make an announcement within the next few weeks about the future of the derelict mall.  Hopefully the announcement is inform us of upcoming changes to improve the mall rather than another canned announcement that the mall is still in the development stages and they are waiting for the economy to improve.  Because if they are waiting for that and Obama gets reelected, it's going to be years before this economy improves.

So what do you think will happen with the mall? I've thought long and hard about what the announcement might be and have created a speculation list.  Let me know what you think is the most likely outcome.

1) The most obvious announcement is that nothing will change.  Black Oak Associates will continue to seek low-rent tenants that sell retail clear-out items for low-income consumers.

2) Black Oak will announce a major demolition that will include regrading of the property and will include a new 6-screen cinema and several mid-to-large sized middle to upper middle class retailers, which more accurately reflects the demographics of South Carroll.

3) The mall will be gutted and filled with a weekend destination super flee market.

4) The mall will be demolished and low-income high-rises will be constructed that will provide excellent sight lines to thousands of homes that are now for sale.

5) The mall will be retrofitted with 22 brand new hair and nail salons.

6) The mall will be partially retrofitted and occupied by a giant Chuck E. Cheese.

7) The mall will be reconfigured and anchored by two new competing grocery stores - because Eldersburg does not have enough grocery stores.

8) A car dealer - think about it.  We only have one in Eldersburg.  Well, one NEW car dealer.  We have several mom and pop used car dealers.

9) An amusement park.  How awesome would that be?  I giant roller coaster the a tower overlooking the homes of the good folks in the Carrolltowne I and II neighborhoods.

10) A Super Wal-Mart.  We've all heard this rumor.  78% of rumors are facts.  And 85.4% of all statistics are made up on the spot.  This seems to be the most likely option.

11) My son's idea - a GIANT fishing store with a pond that you can use to go fishing.

12) A zoo.  Some may argue that the current facility is a zoo.

13) Government offices.  As the government is expected to grow rapidly during a second Obama administration, coupled with Martin O'Malley's desire for a super nanny state, more government office space will be required.

14) A prison.  We have large prisons in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, and Washington County.  I think it makes sense to have a big prison in Carroll County since it is close to Baltimore City.  With the ever-increasing incarceration rate of the residents of Baltimore City, more facilities are needed to house them.

15) And last but not least, a new sports arena to replace the fabulous Baltimore Arena.


Unknown said...

Well DUH!!!!! #1. I mean in the last 10 years has Black Oak accomplished anything other then to foster decay and suburban blight?

Kent Allard said...

I heard they're going to build a rehabilitation facility for Carroll County residents who still use phrases like "Well DUH!" It's gonna be like so totally rad dude.

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