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Owings Mills development battle still raging

The development battle in Owings Mills is heating up — and cooling down. Acrimonious debate has swirled among the titans involved — developers Greenberg Gibbons, Kimco and David S. Brown Enterprises — over a proposed zoning change to the former Solo Cup site on Reisterstown Road that would clear the way for a shopping center anchored by Wegmans. In that wake, residents and politicians alike have been exposed to ongoing, creative communiqués. At annual Fourth of July parades around Baltimore County, sweltering patriots cooled off by using old-fashioned cardboard fans that said “Say No To Solo” in red, white and blue. Proponents of the $140 million retail development have more than 2,300 “likes” on a “Support Foundry Row” Facebook page set up last month to publicize attempts to gain favorable rezoning of the 52-acre parcel from the Baltimore County Council in a vote expected late next month. Give a subscription to The Daily Record a try. Get the print edition and online access for 30 days for $24 and then decide if you want to continue. No risk and no obligation. The feuding parties are Greenberg Gibbons, which would redevelop the Solo Cup site into Foundry Row, Kimco, developer of the Owings Mills Mall, which has announced a massive restructuring and redevelopment of the property and Howard Brown, owner of David S. Brown Enterprises, which owns the mega Metro Centre development now under construction just off of Interstate 795. All three developments are located in about a 5-mile radius.

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