The main drag, Grand Central Avenue, opened this week as the primary road within 45-acre Metro Centre, extending from an exit on Interstate 795 to Painters Mill Road.
The avenue marks a formal entrance to two, five-story Metro Crossing buildings that are nearing the end of construction next month.
Both hold 56,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floors and 232 apartments on upper floors. Grand Central Avenue also allows access to two Baltimore County projects set to open this month: a new branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and an expansion of the Community College of Baltimore County.
Owings Mills Transit LLC, the developer of Metro Centre under the umbrella of David S. Brown Enterprises, is also building 200,000-square feet of Class “A” office space on the avenue, expected to be completed this summer.
In total, the Metro Centre at Owings Mills will have more than 1.2 million square feet of office space, 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 1,700 residential units and a hotel with up to 250 rooms.
The massive $500 million development is placed at the end point of Baltimore’s Metro. Owings Mills was named a designated growth area by the county in 1979, along with White Marsh. Development there has lagged, though, until the Metro Centre project broke ground three years ago.
Other activity underway nearby is an ongoing expansion of Stevenson University from its smaller campus in the Greenspring Valley, a planned renovation of the Owings Mills Mall by owner General Growth Properties and the conversion of the former Solo Cup plant on Reisterstown Road to a shopping center called Foundry Row, anchored by Wegmans, by developer Greenberg Gibbons.