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Metro Centre apartments leasing fast in Owings Mills

There’s still demand for suburban apartments, at least when it comes to development.

The first phase of apartments at Metro Centre at Owings Mills are more than 85 percent leased, according to David S. Brown Enterprises. Residential portions of the project, in the first phase, will be in two five-story buildings with 240 apartments and 56,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. The apartments will range in size from 700-square-foot, one-bedroom units to 1,245-square-foot, two-bedroom units.

The firm also has topped off a four-story, 200,000-square-foot Class A mixed-use office and retail building. The building will also include a parking garage that will hold 3,000 vehicles and is expected to be finished in the summer or fall of this year.

“Rather than a box-shaped appearance defined by most suburban office buildings, this structure appears to be strung together with the utilization of multiple facades, which creates interest and transitions with the pedestrian-friendly environment of Metro Centre,” Shellie Currie of Curry Architects said in a news release.

The groundbreaking on a 225-room boutique hotel that’s part of the development is also expected soon. The transit-oriented development is expected to involve 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space, 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space along with 1,700 residential units when completed.

Owings Mills has been a dedicated growth area in Baltimore County and its metro station has become a magnet for denser urban-style development in recent years. But critics of the project are not happy with the process the county took to allow this type of development in the area.

Some argue the Owings Mills developments should have been subjected to the county’s Planned Unit Development process and argue the allowances for this project amounts to spot zoning.

About Adam Bednar

Adam Bednar covers real estate and development for The Daily Record.