Just Up The Pike speaks with Nancy Floreen: Read about it MONDAY MORNING!
BUT FIRST: Could you go Up The Pike to Pennsylvania one day? One Carroll County comomissioner wants to extend Route 29 from its current terminus in Ellicott City through Carroll County and to the Pennsylvania state line. Montgomery and Howard counties stand to benefit economically, how will thousands of commuters coming from as far out as Gettysburg affect local traffic? Let's hope this rough (very rough) proposal gets a full review. (Thanks to Columbia Compass for the tip.)
FINALLY: Rick at Laurel Connections went to the Laurel Mall presentation last week and has pictures and info about the beleaguered mall's transformation, first reported by Just Up The Pike in December. The Laurel Leader also has a lengthy feature on the project, and the Business Journal says the new mall will get a new name, but they don't say what it is.
I notice that the newly renovated mall will still be enclosed, as opposed to earlier drawings showing it as an open-air mall. Laurel Mall is small - a half-million square feet, less than half the size of the Mall in Columbia or Arundel Mills. As an enclosed mall - even with the undisclosed "high-end" stores it will have - Laurel may still struggle due to its size.
I'm very curious how Laurel Mall can find its place in a market with four regional malls within twenty miles and a fifth eventually opening in Konterra, practically next door. Can it become the centerpiece of a newly revitalized, upscale Laurel? Or will it falter again? (And, either way, what happens to Old Town Laurel, currently frozen in its turn-of-the-twentieth-century state?) We're about to find out.