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Published:February 18th, 2006 05:04 EST

Mondawmin Mall owner touts $70 million plan to remodel

By Laurie Salem

The owner of Mondawmin Mall, General Growth Properties Inc., presented a $70 million makeover plan for the mall on Feb. 16.

It is expected that there will be a 127,000 square- foot big box retailer, a 67,200 square- foot, and a 28,000 square- foot junior anchor. General Growth also plans to add two 6,000 square- foot locations with sit-down family restaurants.

Target, a major retailer, would not say if it was the big box retailer or not, but it is interested in the property. The plans also call for extensive upgrades to the exterior and the interior of the mall, including two new landscaped main entrances, better interior lighting, and exterior graphic designs.

The current look of the mall is bland. David W. Benn, who is the principal at Cho Benn Holback and The Associates, the architectural firm for the project, wants to make the mall inviting and more friendly. There were plans that did not pan out.

MJ "Jay" Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's agency, says, "In terms of what is there, it's old, it's out of date and it's not welcoming. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity-- public and private-- to give Northeast Baltimore what it deserves.