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Demolition, Rebuild Planned for Perry Hall Shopping Center

The former home of Seasons Pizza at 8833 Belair Rd. will be redeveloped in 2013.

First built in 1956, one of Perry Hall's oldest shopping centers will soon be completely demolished. 

Property owner John Mazarakis plans to build a new shopping center in its place at 8833 Belair Rd. He also plans to bring back at least one former tenant, Seasons Pizza, according to an announcement released by County Councilman David Marks on Thursday. 

The 13,240-square-foot shopping center, located north of Blakeley Avenue across from the closed Butt's Hardware, is included in Perry Hall's commercial revitalization district.

In recent years, tenants have either moved or closed.

  • Seasons Pizza, part of a regional chain, closed. 
  • Michael Anthony Design Center closed. 
  • Maryland Performance moved to 9718 Pulaski Highway in White Marsh. 
  • Fluf-N-Fold moved to 9644 Belair Rd. in Perry Hall. 

Only Manila Seafood & Market remains open at the center. A worker told Patch that the owner is negotiating his contract and has no plans to close the market, even if he is forced to relocate. 

Seasons Pizza, however, already has reserved space at the planned shopping center, expected to be constructed in 2013. The restaurant will occupy most of a new two-story brick building, including 12,410 square feet of retail space, Marks announced. 

Mazarakis and Seasons Pizza management were not immediately available for comment on the new shopping center.

"I have met with Mr. Mazarakis and believe his building meets many of the criteria we would want in the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district," Marks stated in a release. "Most importantly, this project cleans up a large stretch of Belair Road and will hopefully anchor new businesses in the area."

Perry Hall's commercial revitalization district is a zone designated by Marks and other public officials for economic assistance. 

Approved in May 2011, the zone extends along Belair Road, from Blakeley Avenue in the south to Minte Drive in the north. It also includes Joppa Road, between Seven Courts Drive and Belair Road, as well as Ebenezer Road, from Belair Road to Yvonne Avenue.

Businesses in the zone are eligible for special financing, free design services and other forms of county assistance.

New structures in the zone are also subject to Baltimore County Design Review Panel standards—in line with legislation approved by the County Council in early August.

The new shopping center at 8833 Belair Rd., however, will not need to go through the Baltimore County Design Review Panel process because its development plan was submitted before the August legislation, according to Marks.

Vivian November 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Let's hope the redesign has better parking situation - the old layout had horrible and very dangerous parking (didn't help them at all when Belair Rd was expanded all those years ago either! )
J C Jackson November 30, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Like to see Season's in a different location, with better parking and more space
A Real Republican November 30, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Wow ! Just what Perry Hall needed another shopping center on Belair road where two thirds of the space is empty. I have an idea let's build a dog park instead of building useful flex space for the Perry Hall community.
Jason Pierpont November 30, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Funny, "A Real Republican." I thought "real Republicans" would let the investor do what he WANTS with the space. Typical complainer.
Gary Staab November 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Seafood market?? There's a seafood market in that center? Any comments on their quality and offerings?
Angela AECFA November 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
First, there is a dog park being built . If I remember correctly, it will be at the park on Honeygo . Second, that building was a Register's Florist when I was a child. The little market was where the brick bank building is north of this property on the corner. Mr. Heavner owned it. Third, yes there is a specialty ethnic grocery market in that center. As a life long resident of Perrry Hall , I wish the people that have moved into the area would really explore it and get to know it better. Take the time to talk to the small business owners when they go to their establishments. Create your neighborhood and be a part of it. If some of you did this, then maybe there would not be so many empty store fronts. Maybe give a chance for some of our current small business' to succeed and others will come. Go - Don't just gripe on the internet !
Hugo Cabret November 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Jason and Other Tim: Both of your respective comments are great!
David Marks November 30, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Other Tim, $18,000 has been raised for the dog park so far, and all from the private sector. I am very proud that this group saw a need in the community, and instead of complaining, worked hard to raise money to get it done.
Evets November 30, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Of course, the land for the dog park did not come from the private sector. That land was taken from the public. Hence, every tax-paying citizen of Baltimore County has contributed to the dog park.
Random Person November 30, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Weee BLOW IT UP BLOW IT UP!!!!
Tom November 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM
This sure escalated fast. I think this rebuilt shopping center will be a great addition to Perry Hall.
Gabriel Anthony December 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Mr. Marks we really need this Manila seafood market to stay. There is a great bunch of Filipino's in the area as you may recall we have a Filipino festival in Towson every year and im sure you have seen the turnout grow every year. Many are nurses like my wife and school teachers. When my wife came to the USA in 2003 she only had twenty dollars left in her wallet after paying for the air ticket with her own money. With her hard work and dedication she is now a manager at a major downtown hospital. We have also decided to make Perry Hall our official new home now as we are building a new home here on a piece of land we purchased. Many of the Filipino's are hard working and do things the legal way to enrich there lives. Having this store remain and with a new look will be great for the Filipino community who do not need more stress on a way to find a place where they can buy there culture food. We also have a great church located at 10939 Philadelphia road in White marsh between Joppa road and Ebenezer. I personally invite you and your family to come to our Christmas Carol this Friday December 7 and Saturday Dec 8 from 7-9 p.m. I will reserve as many seats as you need in the front row. Just please if you are making it let me know by Friday afternoon the latest so i can have those seats for you and have my pastor greet you and to make an announcement. You can reach me on my cell at 646 621 6635 or you can email me at Nycmasterchef@aol.com. Thank You, Gabriel Anthony.
Gabriel Anthony December 03, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Our church is called River of Life International Christian Fellowship and here is a link to our facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/River-of-Life-International-Christian-Fellowship-MD/174759965950773

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