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Redeveloped Carrolltown Mall Site to be Anchored by Walmart Supercenter (Updated)

What is now known as Carrolltown Mall will be replaced by the Eldersburg Commons, according to a Black Oak Development representative.

As many Patch readers speculated last week, a Walmart Supercenter will be included in the future plans of the redeveloped Carrolltown Mall site. 

Dixon Harvey of Black Oak Associates revealed the plans at a Town Hall meeting Monday night hosted by Commissioner Doug Howard. 

Harvey told Patch last week that the project would include a $50 million total redevelopment of the site.

According to a Black Oak Associates news release, Eldersburg Commons will replace the 35-year-old Carrolltown Center complex located at 6400 Liberty Road. Retailers will include fashion, beauty and home goods, as well as a steak house, leading “fast casual” restaurants and more than 20 merchants that are new to the Eldersburg market.

“The ground-up redevelopment of Carrolltown Mall will be an important milestone for our community,” said Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard. “The successful completion of this project will benefit our community and help reenergize the Liberty Road corridor.” 

The redevelopment is expected to create 221 jobs during its construction phase and will permanently support more than 630 new jobs upon completion according to the news release. It is also projected to generate approximately $540,000 in new revenues for Carroll County annually and $6 million for the next decade.

“This project is something the community has patiently waited for, and something we have been working on, for many years,” said Dixon Harvey, Partner at Black Oak Associates. “Now that the former anchor store’s lease has expired, we can move into high gear to completely transform the center into something brand new, attractive and beneficial to the people of Eldersburg.”

The new Walmart Supercenter will employ 300 people and offer a full line of groceries, a bakery, and more than 30 merchandise departments according to the release.

The project leasing will be managed by KLNB retail in Towson.

The revitalization plans for Eldersburg Commons were officially submitted to the county on April 22. The company aims to start construction in the fall. For more details on the project, visit www.popularise.com.

Are you happy with the prospect of Eldersburg Commons? Tell us in comments.

This article was updated Tuesday morning with details from the news release and the artists renderings of the proposed site.

See Also:

  • Carrolltown Mall to Get a $50 Million 'Total Redevelopment'
  • Exploring Issues in Eldersburg: Carrolltown Mall
  • What You're Saying About the Carrolltown Mall Closings
  • Plans for Carrolltown Mall to be Announced at Town Hall Meeting
  • Exploring Issues in Eldersburg: What Should Replace Kmart?
  • Exploring Issues in Eldersburg: Is Stagnant Development an Issue?
  • Black Oak President: No Announcement on Redevelopment Until Kmart Closes
  • Exploring Issues in Eldersburg: Vacant Movie Theatre


Shawn April 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Replacing a dead mall with the biggest dead mall producer! Isn't it ironic!
Shawn April 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Hope everyone on Gemini doesn't mind staring at loading docks and tractor trailers! The Walmarts gonna have to be placed in back of the lot there, in order to fit the rest of the supposed retailers and restaurants in front!
Jed Davis April 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM
I don't mean to be disrespectful to anyone's opinion, but Gemini's view right now is pretty tough (and getting tougher), and IMO, the internet has killed malls more than Walmart. With very few exceptions, malls are dying across the country. Finally the argument that Charlene puts forth is great in Utopia, but in reality, someone has to pay for all of that. This property is a private FOR PROFIT property. If the county residents want to raise taxes and build a nice pond, then I'm certain that the constituents of the county will vote in people who represent that view. In the mean time, this will provide jobs and tax base to a county that needs every bit of that.
Shawn April 23, 2013 at 11:54 PM
If you don't remember or just weren't here carrolltown mall still was operational when Walmart was built, yes and I know just hanging on but didn't take long after Walmart went in to totally cripple it, and agreed Internet does have a lot to do with killing malls. If you ever been to the Washingtonian shops in Gaithersburg, that's kinda where my idea was going just scaled back a bit! Also the number I would like to see is how many new jobs this Walmart will provide, there's already 200+ jobs at the current Walmart so that 300 is a little exaggerated!
Kathy Parisi April 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
This is a very bad idea for a family oriented community. Place a 24/7 store near a chuch, library and worse yet an elementary school. Bring more traffic into an already overcrowded roadway with kids walking to school. Not an improvement.
swag April 24, 2013 at 04:01 AM
I don't consider some of the stores proposed particularly "high end", it would be nice to have the opportunity have the shops here in Eldersburg just like in Westminster,or Mt. Airy. If want to go ultra high end I go to Tyson's Corner. Oh, my "snooty" attitude has been here a long time, and I pay a lot of real estate taxes and I don't think anyone really cares where I came from as long as the checks I send to pay my real estate taxes keep clearing year after year.
CJ April 24, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Redeveloping that eyesore of a shopping center is a very good thing for Eldersburg - no matter what goes in there. Although adding a Walmart Supercenter and a Sam's Club to this market probably dooms Food Lion and Shoppers.
babs April 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Ok after reading I have to agree with country girl. This is why we moved here for the country..... no retail.... we need ponds, lakes walking trail. we can always to go the mall in any county..... but here we can take a step back to RELAX
Jack April 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM
After all this time waiting I cant think of a bigger letdown than to hear we're getting a Super Walmart. How about an indoor sports complex like players in Westminster, an arcade, or a movie theater. Lots of kids in the area would love something to do. We'll become another Walmart drone town once everyone starts shopping there, with no variety of stores as they price everyone else out of business with their low paying no benefit jobs. There already is no competition to Walmart in this town and their solution to this is to build an even bigger store, pathetic.
Sherry Tucker April 24, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Would have loved to see a Marshalls or Target in the area. As for restaurants, would love an Outback and Olive Garden.
Kim H. April 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Patty, at the meeting Black Oak rep. said the early stages of a movie plan is going to be over by the Home Depot lot. Eldersburg Marketplace. They are the owners of that land as well. WalMart obviously owns the current site, and we were told that they will obviously have the first opportunity to put another store there that they own. Otherwise it will be sold to another company.
Kim H. April 24, 2013 at 04:11 PM
At the meeting, Black Oak stated that he had tried to get conversation initiated with Target, via letters and phone calls. They were not interested to build in our area. Bummer for sure!
Kim H. April 24, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Harry, I had the same question. What were they thinking when they built all those building there? How crazy, they will never fill all of those. We were told Monday night that the one strip with retail space is spoken for (perhaps it takes a while to move in?) , the next strip that is office space is also nearly spoken for, and the next phase is moving forward. If you ask me (funny they didn't!) that space would have been a perfect spot for a large box store or a Super Wal-mart. At least the traffic pattern is sufficient for a large heavy traffic. Black Oak made it pretty clear that there are a large number of retail businesses that are interested to be in our area. It just took some movement with construction, Now, maybe some positive things will happen.
Kim H. April 24, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Agreed, Michael
Kim H. April 24, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Actually, Babs, I am hoping that fact (of Randallstown opening up a store) will help us out! Get my drift?
Kim H. April 24, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Michael, perhaps you went to the meeting Monday night. How funny when the gentleman asked "what this is going to do to our home values" The only response was to show what the Mall looks like now....could it get any worse???? Really?
babs April 24, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Kim that was my point exactly. I hope they take into consideration all those empty store lots across from Athens. What was the hurry for that development to go up so fast and not retailers are in that spot. I would love to see how Carroll County reviews business's coming into the area. If I am not mistaken that has been done for almost 2 years. I think we are going to have to take a back seat on this development because nobody worth while will be coming.... Why do you think Target does not want to do business here, to much red tape...maybe it is O'Malley tape with business taxes. Just a thought
Ross Dangel April 24, 2013 at 04:56 PM
There was a lady named Andrea Eiblum, who posted an online petition to bring Target here last July on ipetitions.com, "Target Store Request for Eldersburg". When the story was published in the Eagle/Sun in Sept. it had 55 signees, which is certainly not a deluge of support. As for the many Walmart haters, one piece of advice...nobody is forcing you to shop there! When was the last time anyone proposed a $55 million investment in our community? That would be never! When this happens, we shouldn't whine about the stores we want. Instead we should be grateful for the planned improvements and politely share our store suggestions with Black Oak, who is asking for them, unlike most developers! We should not be hurling vile insults and unfounded suppositions based on zero development experience. Let's pleas remember that this is a commercial development, not a park. It is not Black Oak's responsibility to find something for our kids to do...it's ours!
Jed Davis April 24, 2013 at 05:01 PM
@Shawn, yes, I have been in the Carrolltown Center space since 2001. It was already crumbling when we moved in, but there were still stores, a food court and events. That said, it was a ghost town. Most of the foot traffic was mall walkers, sadly. @Babs, the space developed by St. Johns will either turn out to be a stroke of genius, or a debacle. They built that in the teeth of the recession, obviously thinking that we would follow a normal business cycle, but sadly, between the clown in the white house and the clown in the state house, that hasn't happened (oops, did I say that out loud?). The carrolltown location is a much stronger location than the one on the west end of town, so I fully expect to see the leases on that location fill in a quicker time frame, but only time will tell.
Richard April 24, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Very depressing to see another "strip mall" added to the landscape. If they are going to do this it would be nice to get more ma and pa stores involved.....instead we'll get the Olive Garden's/ Outbacks of the world. I mean why dont we create a face and a name to Eldersburg by adding original stores? We will look like every other town in America, whats the point of coming here to shop when you can go to any other town and find the same places. This will also create a huge amount of traffic on Ridge Road at the intersection making travelling in that area a huge nuisance.
Wheat April 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Reality is without a strong anchor tenant, the project cannot go forward because others larger players won't sign. Without a strong Anchor - banks would agree to the financing ( $50 mill is unlikely to be all Black Oak $$$ - that is not how development is done) Wal-Mart will only interested in Eldersburg if they continue to see strong sales in their current location and not bleeding off to the new one down the road and across the bridge. The current view on Gemini? Not hte best but the trade off will be 24/7 arrivals of Tractor Trailers, piles of pallets and other "recycling" accumulating and my fav, commercial trash pickups at 5am - different visual and noise pollution. Yes, Wal-Mart currently does provide jobs so maybe we should support the plan and something/one else will be found to develop the current store property after 2015. Another part suggests voting with your wallet. Drive a few miles to shop in a locally owned ACE, buy your plants at the local owned nurseries and farm stands. Join a CSA - there are many options. Let your the Supermarket chain of your choice know you intend to remain loyal to them. Stop supporting Michael's etc and see what 2nd Floor Scrapbook Stamping has to offer. Perhaps we all need to remember how effective shopping locally can be but also choose wisely where you spend those dollars.
Michael Thompson April 24, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I agree with Ross' comments above. People are on here saying that they want a public park put in or something and that shows little or no understanding of things like "zoning" and "business". Carrolltowne Mall is on COMMERCIAL land. The best option for the land is to add a newer, updated shopping or business area to replace the existing structure which is mostly empty and literally falling apart. Retail is the best option because as some posters have noted, there are several nearby business parks that are nowhere near capacity (The newer one off Rt. 26 across from the storage park is a prime example). To the people complaining about a lack of public space, I would just comment that I have four children and I never have any difficulty finding somewhere to play outdoors or a park around here.
Mindy Goldstein April 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM
They need to ask PETSMART to come into Eldersburg. And target wy should Westminster have all the good store. I'm desperately hoping for PETSMART
swag April 25, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Black Oak proposed a 20 million investment in Eldersburg called Main Street Eldersburg in 2010 behind the Wal Mart. The last time I looked, it was still parcels of land. The company owns another tract on the north side of Liberty Road slated for development as Main Street Eldersburg, and Harvey said a new theater is more likely to go there. He said Monday he's in negotiations with a theater chain, but it wants to see progress at Eldersburg Commons before moving ahead at Main Street. Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/eldersburg-sykesville/bs-md-ca-eldersburg-commons-20130422,0,3862489.story#ixzz2RQtFzrRl
Mugs April 25, 2013 at 01:18 AM
A large part of the reason why no one wants to shop in Eldersburg is because it only provides retailers such as Walmart and other low-end chains. Opening a Super Walmart will not help bring additional retailers, nor will it allow for small businesses to thrive. I think this is a short-sighted idea and it is drawing people out of the area.
dewey April 25, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Don't hold your breath for an urgent anything...if main street was developed first and it is still nothing...what makes you think this will be any different?
Dave R. April 26, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Did someone call for a meeting of Cynics?
Christian May 12, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Okay, so why are we building a Super Walmart again? I mean I know it's good and everything that it's slightly more expanded and sounds cool since it has "Super" in the title, but we have a perfectly good Walmart that people enjoy going to. I personally think it's a waste of money to have to demolish the current Walmart, and then build it back up just in a different location. But, besides that, sounds pretty cool and I'm looking forward to more "Child/Teenage Friendly" businesses moving in. Or at least that's what I hope happens...
Buck Harmon May 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Carroll has devolved to being a "Walmart County"...it's in keeping with the type of homes that were allowed to be built in the plastic shack developments over the past 20 years or so...( lowest standards allowable by law)..
BillR5 November 21, 2013 at 08:44 AM
Are there any updates on what stores are going to be built??? Any update would be nice.

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