The developers of Towson Row have received county approval for a revised site plan that changes the location of its office tower and is, overall, slightly scaled down from the original plan.
The approval from Baltimore County’s Development Review Committee on Tuesday is the latest evidence of new life for this long-stalled project that has left a 5-acre crater in downtown Towson for more than a year.
Caves Valley Partners, the original developers, ran into issues when they discovered too much rock under the site to allow for their proposed underground parking garage. Last month, Caves Valley announced it was partnering with Greenberg Gibbons on the project. Greenberg Gibbons has a strong reputation and is the firm behind The Shops at Kenilworth, Hunt Valley Towne Centre and Foundry Row.
“We’re optimistic about Towson and about this opportunity,” Eric Walter, senior vice president at Greenberg Gibbons, said in an interview.
The previous plan had an office tower and apartments on top of a parking garage on Chesapeake Avenue, just behind the National Guard armory. The new plan is to move the office component to the corner of Washington and Susquehanna avenues.
On the Greenberg Gibbons website, Towson Row is described as:
Developers are creating a new road, called Towson Row, that will run through the middle of the site from Towsontown Boulevard to Chesapeake Avenue parallel to York Road. Whole Foods will front Towson Row facing east.
The businesses on Chesapeake Avenue — including the Christian Science Reading Room, Tease Me Salon, and 7West — are all remaining.
Christopher Mudd, an attorney representing the developers, said Whole Foods is still on track to open a store at the site, but no other tenants have yet been signed.
“This is just the beginning of the process,” he said.
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