Black Oak Associates announced that the Main Street Eldersburg project will now be called Eldersburg Station and will focus on a 10 screen movie theater and restaurants.
The reason for the change is the continuing down economy. We are now in our 6th year of a down economy, 5 of those under Obama, but it's still Bush's recession according to Martin O'Malley. Black Oak Associates has made this decision for what it feels is best for Eldersburg based on our appetite for retail and entertainment.
Don't confuse Eldersburg Station with Carroll Station (Wine Cork Pub), or with Eldersburg Marketplace (Home Depot), or with Eldersburg Plaza (Oscar's), or with Johnsville Station (Ledo's Pizza), or Liberty Station (former Little Professor), or with Monroe Station (Serra Brothers). Seems that Eldersburg is running out of combinations for popular names for shopping centers. I can't wait for the Eldersburg Liberty Market Station Plaza Nail Salon.
With regard to the new plan, Dixon Harvey said that they are aiming for a Spring 2016 opening. Knowing the lightening speed which Black Oak and Dixon Harvey operate, I think what Harvey really means is that we should expect a Fall 2027 opening. I expect to watch Men in Black 13 there when it opens when I'm in my mid-50's.
Additionally, how are they going to fit in a 10 screen theater? If you look at the map on the Baltimore Sun's page (top link), the footprint of the building is about 1/3 of the footprint of the current Wal-Mart. I supposed each theater could have 100 seats, 10 rows of 10. That may be comparable to the old Tollgate Movie Theater in Bel Air for those of you who remember that. Again, I think Dixon Harvey and Black Oak are way too optimistic for their own good. Good intentions, but too optimistic.
What are your thoughts on this new plan?