Construction to begin on expansion of Towson Circle development

Look for construction to soon begin on the expansion of the Towson Circle development on Joppa Road near the traffic circle. Sources say this $35 million extension and redevelopment is ready to launch after several years of uncertainty because of the sagging economy. The local development team from The Cordish Cos. is planning to turn the space once known as the Towson Hutzler’s department store into a “thriving lifestyle retail project,” according to their website. Included in the project’s expansion will be a 14-screen multiplex cinema and new retail and office space in a pedestrian-friendly town square design. Immediate plans call for demolition and site clearing of the vacant former 1st Mariner Bank building and Burger King restaurant on Joppa Road to make way for the growth. A Cordish spokeswoman declined to reveal specifics Thursday, saying instead “we’ll be making announcements shortly.” ***** Want to connect with your inner William Donald Schaefer? The late mayor was famous for driving around his hometown streets, taking notes where potholes, trash, broken street lights and other eyesores were located, and demanding repairs in so-called “action memos” sent to agency heads who understood the order to “do it now.”