HELP ENCOURAGE REVITALIZATION at SECURITY SQUARE MALL
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Many Baltimore regional shopping malls are seeing revitalization around the Maryland area. However, the shopping malls in the 7th Congressional district (Security Square Mall & Owings Mills Mall) have been abandoned many times over. With all the attention on the defunct Owings Mills Mall, our quaint Security Square Mall that outlines the beltway and 3 major federal government agencies (Social Security Administration, Health Care Administration/ CMS and FBI) has been forgotten. Forgotten so much that about 80% of the income earned right here in Windsor Mill Maryland is spent elsewhere. The "Why?" is because of two simple reasons. One being, Gov. Larry Hogan stopped the Red Line project that had Security Square Mall earmarked as a major station along the route of connecting Northwest region to our downtown area. Even canceling this project he never gave a second thought at offering an alternative to the land and business owners that had prepared themselves to grow off this project. Millions were wasted on infrastructure planning, yet no one saw fit to give the area another ounce of hope. Secondly, our elected officials have failed to hold the retail center's investors accountable for there investment in our neighborhood. They are not required to live up to the like standards of area homeowners. For example, Macy's owns two defunct, boarded restaurants on the front parking lot of Security Square Mall. These two restaurant buildings have been vacant for more than 7 years. Yet to the contrary homeowners in the area can expect a $300 fine for not having a tight fitting lid on the their trash can. In my comparison, there has been trashy buildings littering the parking lot of a viable mall within the community and there has been no push to correct this issue or "put a lid on it". Where is the equity? Furthermore, there should be state limitations on how long buildings commercial and/or residential can stay vacant within our state.
Constantly seeing the defunct restaurant sites on Security Square Mall's parking-lot, for so many years, is beyond an eyesore and gives a stench of despair. Retailers within the mall are starting to feel the monetary tension within the community and the chatter as patrons leave the area to spend their dollars elsewhere. Despite efforts like the movie theater at the mall undergoing renovation as we speak, and the inside mall maintaining a high occupancy rate, more needs to be done. The outer image in conceptually deceiving and needs to be corrected very soon because patrons will continue to flee and maybe even relocate in droves to be apart of more thriving communities. As one rides the boulevard to visit the areas medical centers, go to their government job, attend a formal event at the luxurious Martin's West facility, visit the local 92Q radio station hub, or to access the beltway at exit 17, the visual of dysfunctionality does not escape you. There is clearly two high profile vacancies that are attractive locations, yet have sat empty for far too long. Security Blvd area desperately needs a high profile restaurant or two that allows the mall to compete with the likes of Mondawmin Mall (has TGI Fridays), Reisterstown Road Plaza (has Applebees), Towson Town Center (has Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Stoney River, & TGI Fridays) & the new Foundry Row in Owings Mills (has Bar Louies).
I encourage us residents of the Windsor Mill area to petition Macy's, our elected officials of the 7th congressional district, and the mall owners to change the image of our local mall, show the economic growth needed, and allow this retail center to be a beacon of light to our community.
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