Four Years Vacant, Shopping Center to Receive First Tenant

Shear Genius plans to move from the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center to Honeygo Crossing.

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Find property information for the Perry Hall Square and Honeygo Crossing shopping centers in the article, . 

The Honeygo Crossing shopping center, between Schroeder Avenue and Honeygo Boulevard along Belair Road, was finished about four years ago—although Baltimore County approved the center's first occupancy permits just six months ago.

"Isn't that silly?" said Ben Frederick of Ben Frederick Realty, which manages the property. "A lot had to do with the extension and street light at Honeygo."

In the first week of August, the center plans to welcome its first tenant, , which is moving from its 11-year home at on Ebenezer Road. The salon's sign was mounted this week.

"It's very stressful, but very exciting," said Kathy Lesko, the salon's manager.

"In not so many ways, we were asked to leave [Perry Hall Square]. They increased our rent. They would not negotiate with the salon owners on it," Lesko said. "We felt the need to look for something better."

currently has 10 vacant store fronts, according to the Kimco Realty Corporation website. A leasing representative was available for comment.

Perry Hall Square and the surrounding area were recently included in a , which allows businesses to qualify for county assistance, including design assistance and tax credits.

County Councilman David Marks has planned a .

Read more about Perry Hall's commercial revitalization district on Patch.

Frederick said he has spoken with owners of other Perry Hall Square businesses who are also considering a move to Honeygo Crossing.

Seven additional spaces are still available, he said, ranging in size from 1,400 to 3,000 square feet and renting at $23 per square foot.

Shear Genius' lease at Perry Hall Square runs out on July 31. All 15 salon stylists are expected to move to the new Belair Road location, Lesko said.

"A couple of our clients who walk say they might have to drive now," she said. "But we also have a lot of clients in Harford County and Kingsville who are happy about it."

"It's a great location," Lesko said.

Mike Lurz July 15, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Living proof that all of these new strip mall properties are not bringing ANY new business, just moving around what is already here...creating vacancies elsewhere
Stacey Schantz July 15, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I am happy to see this is starting to become occupied. I wish some new food service locations would open. Seems the area could really benefit from the popular chain, Chipoltle, or Einstein Brothers, Boston Market, etc. These would be great additions to the community. I travel to towson or Belair for all of these, wouldn't it be nice to have them closer.
Mike Lurz July 15, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Please support the many local businesses along Bel Air Rd...I am sure that there is at least one that you will find that can measure up to the big corporate chains
Cathy Erpenstein Overtoom July 15, 2011 at 09:23 PM
I think a Trader Joe's would do very well in the Perry Hall/Kingsville area.
Mike Lurz July 15, 2011 at 09:24 PM
My wife has thought that, out loud even. Perhaps in the soon to be vacant Super Fresh location
teachergirl July 15, 2011 at 10:12 PM
I would love a Trader Joe's. I am also happy to see the Honey Crossing getting some businesses in, Not sure I agreed with building it in the beginning. I miss having Huber's so close.
Emily Kimball (Editor) July 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM
@teachergirl, I also miss having Huber's so close. Fresh summer tomatoes were less five minutes away.
David Marks July 15, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Many areas in Baltimore County are oversaturated with commercial zoning. In Perry Hall, this shopping center has been unoccupied for nearly half a decade. A development plan has already been approved for the property across Belair Road, at Forge Road and Honeygo Boulevard, so that will bring another project. As County Councilman, I can rezone property, but it wouldn't affect land where a development plan has already been approved. I'm going to be scrutinizing commercial zoning requests very closely because I worry that new development pulls activity away from older shopping areas, like Perry Hall Square.
Sherri July 16, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Sounds great Cathy....hope it happens!!
RGR July 16, 2011 at 03:47 PM
David, how about having someone contact whoever owns Trader Joes and Chipotles and invite them to consider moving to our area? Since Wegmans opened in Hunt Valley I've been saying it would be nice to have them open a store in the Perry Hall/White Marsh area but we lost out on that (too).
Susann McKenna July 16, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Perry Hall shopping center has been losing businesses for most of the 25 years I have been here, Perhaps instead of trying to get loans for the business owners, someone should talk to the management of the center. There have been things that need to be fixed within and outside of the store that should be the expense of the center's mnaagement. Is there a owners group that meets with management?. I would not contrinue to be in that shoppinmg center when the management wil not fix water damage from the roof (in one of the storers for 3 years) or at least talk to me about the new lease amount. Nor would I want to be in a shopping center whether there are at least 10-15 stores vacant.. Doesn't send a good signal for prospective renters,, Sometimes is cheaper to move financally, for a better shopping center management and for the overall environment.
Marcella M. July 16, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, Wegman's, Harris Teeter to mention a few would be ideal.
Susann McKenna July 16, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Some great ideas for stores! Now we need someone (perhaps Councilman David Marks) to strongly encourage the leasing companies in both of these shopping areas to talk to these above mentioned stores. Not that there is anything wrong with Walgreen's, but do we really need another one of them at Belair & Silver Spring Rds with others so close?. Wouldn't that have been a great location for any of the above?
Elaine Girardi July 16, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Best wishes to Evelyn and Tony on the opening of Sheer Genius in their new location!!!! Hopefully more businesses will follow to the new shopping center!!!!
SG from PH July 17, 2011 at 01:55 AM
The business district has shifted from the BelAir Road corridor to the Honeygo area - Our older business communities and the residents who grew this area are forgotten and when times are tough the businesses have no alternative but to move to where the pockets are a bit deeper. Old established stores fall into disrepair and the owners of the shopping centers can then no longer afford to make repairs and whala you have most of the Belair corridor. Perry Hall Crossing is a example of what happens. The county will sink mucho dollars to make the corridor nicer to drive through to the Honeygo area but it doesn't really change the fact that older communities are older communities. We have to live with until most of the senior crowd decide to move out of the older Perry Hall communities and the area becomes a low income area. Delaware (little to no taxes) is looking real good for this senior - primary residence and becoming a SnowBird is the plan. No regrets and no slams - Perry Hall was "the" place to raise kids, they are grown now and Honeygo is "the" place to raise kids - These were great years - things change for this government employee who spent 15 years serving the county citizens and another 25 serving the State's citizens. I loved every minute of it. Perhaps a contest sponsored by the Patch to redevelop the Perry Hall Square and the Festival Shopping Center. Weis seems to be dying on the vine also look for them with a 3% share to seek greener ($) pastures.
John K July 18, 2011 at 02:06 PM
SG, you can try to claim gentrification, but you should also concede that if you and the "senior crowd" regularly went to these businesses in the Square they would not be closing. I do concede your point that the people running the shopping center are culpable as well, but their culpability comes in a lack of updates. The place looks dated. No reason it shouldn't look as modern as the other ones in the area. I don't see the Brick Bodies shopping center floundering, or the Festival. You put in good stores and make the place look inviting and people will come. And the scummy strip mall owners who make no repairs or updates deserve what they get. And as for the communities, things change. When I was growing up in the city 2 and 3 BR houses were the norm, even with 2-4+ kids in the house. My best friend lived in a 3BR house with 4 kids and 2 parents and 895 square feet. The boys bunked together until they moved out after 20+ years. That was then... So the PH tiny brick ranchers and cape cods were fine. Now people can get a 4 BR place with 2,500 square feet for not much more $$$ than your neighbors want for their cape cod or split level, and not be in a 50 year old house with 1,500 square feet that has never been updated. It's a little offensive that you'll say it will become a "low income" area. How much did you make when YOU moved in?
Jason Danaher August 18, 2011 at 02:48 PM
The problem with the square is that it off the track of perry hall. With the honeygo extension people dont need to drive by. Also the owner hasnt done anything to the property for years. I think the last thing they did was change the parking. If i were to invest, i would goto a new building to "build to suite". when you walk into an old building you have to deal with the other people problems.
Diana Bermudez Chetelat October 05, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Put the right business and people will come. If I can go into the zoo that is Towson to go to Trader Joe's and fight for parking. I truly feel that in an area that can support the parking people will flock.
Tim October 05, 2011 at 12:58 AM
The problem, as Councilman Marks mentioned today, is that the people at Trader Joe's and Wegman's KNOW you will travel distances to go there. Diana (not specifically), you are exactly why they don't put one here. Perry Hall is kinda screwed in a sense (I always wondered this until today) as places get built in White Marsh, Towson, and Bel Air. We're basically in the middle of these, so we get jack squat.
Bruce Bayliss February 01, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Am interested in space at 4301.How many square ft is it.also understand Perry Hall Improvement Ass(David Marks) will help with fianancing. bearclaw@comcast.net
Bruce Bayliss February 01, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Hy,my wife and I are looking for a space to put a specialty Bakery in.Looked at 4301 at Perry Hall shopping center by Outback.Would like more info,is there fianacing available,is the places going to be torn down.please let us know


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