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'Poor Little Rich Girl' Demolition Delayed After Protest Planned

County Councilman David Marks announced a two-week extension for the Perry Hall structure.

Demolition of the former Poor Little Rich Girl bridal shop has been delayed at least two weeks, County Councilman David Marks announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Marks arranged the delay in response to a protest organized by Mark Patro and Light Brigade Maryland for Wednesday evening in front of the structure at 9010 Belair Road. 

Patro promoted the protest in a blog post, writing, "Have you had enough of this tearing down the history of Perry Hall for more strip shopping center development?"

Despite the delay, Marks stated he was skeptical about a viable future for the structure. He urged activists to instead focus their attention on restoring the Perry Hall Mansion. 

He stated, "Any historical significance associated with this structure pales in comparison to the heritage of the Perry Hall Mansion. That is a far more worthy project which could sure use the time, attention, and money of civic-minded residents."

Patch reported on Monday that demolition was planned for either Wednesday or Thursday of this week. The article drew a passionate response from community members, some celebrating its tear-down and others emphasizing its historical significance and calling for an effort to save the structure. 

The aging building has been vacant for over two years since the Poor Little Rich Girl shop moved to a new office space across the street. 

According to George Perdikakes, who manages the property owned by Koros LLC, many community members have complained about the building's appearance. 

Perdikakes called the house "ugly" and an "eyesore," and said its demolition is in direct response to a request from Marks last summer. The tear-down, which includes asbestos removal, will likely cost around $25,000, he said.

There are currently no plans for a new structure at 9010 Belair Rd., although property owners are considering several options, Perdikakes added. 

According to Marks, the two-week delay will allow anyone interested in buying or moving the structure to contact the property owner.

He stated: "I have worked for 15 years to preserve Perry Hall's heritage. My personal opinion is that this is a blighted intersection, and if the house remains standing, it will continue to deteriorate while we wait for good-intentioned people to save the day. If it can be bought by a private entity and protected or moved, great. But I am very skeptical."

Do you support tearing the building down, or purchasing it for preservation? Tell us your take in the comments. 

Marje Lentz December 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Let the old eye sore go. Asbestos is dangerous and it has been vacant for 2 years
Lynn Schafer December 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
This article states the two week delay is to allow anyone interested in buying or moving the structure to contact the property owner. However, I contacted David Mark's office this morning, and I was told the property has been sold, and is not for sale. Can someone please clarify?
John Doe December 04, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Wow! If this true, unbelievable.
dncr94 December 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
it should not matter it the building "pales in comparison" to the Perry Hall Mansion. It still is part of Perry Hall's history, no matter how slight. Restoration projects have mainly focused on the mansion which is why buildings like this are in terrible condition. How many other building were torn down in the past because of this reason? If the public wants to keep it for nostalgia, then don't tear it down. It's apart of our town and should remain so.
Tim December 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Nostalgia about a vacant, decrpit building? Again, if 'so many people' want to keep it, then organize a group and start restoring it yourselves.
Grace B. December 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I've passed this building thousands of times. It's leaning, for pete's sake. Tear it down. There were far nicer properties that should have been preserved, but weren't.
Heather Patti December 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Thanks Tim, I think that's what people were asking for.... "time" to come up with a plan.
Heather Patti December 04, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I agree with you dncr94
FollowTheMoney December 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
wonder which one of David Mark's buddies bought it?
Marje Lentz December 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
They have had two years. Why the sudden interest not to clean up. The building is not worth restoration and is not a project that even the active Perry Hall Association looked into. A two week reprieve for what purpose. Is this boycotting group financially ready to restore this dangerous building
Gene December 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
We also need to urge the diner to clean up their property too. The litter around the sidewalk area is horrible. I walk that route often. The other year I complained to them in February about an election sign in the schrubs since November. Weeds are higher than the schrubs. I refuse to spend a penny there.
Marje Lentz December 04, 2012 at 09:39 PM
You are so right Gene. Cleaning up the community keeps it's value. And makes it safer
Mike Lurz December 04, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Different people find treasure in different places. The lack of respect for the things other find value in is pretty apparent here. I think it was a good compromise to try and save the structure...the whole comment about historical significance was pretty silly...also dont like the idea of any more "strip mall" property that we apparently cannot sustain
Big T. December 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Once again we have one person forcing another to do whatever with what is legally brought and paid for. I just hope that those in Perry Hall don't have peeling paint on their house or a leaning mail box. Someone may force you to tear your house down.Come on people, you want to see blight in Perry Hall ride behind one of the fabulous shopping centers in our area. Stop telling people what to do with their properties !!!
Stark December 05, 2012 at 03:27 AM
"FollowtheMoney"? It must be easy for an anonymous poster to attack David Marks' integrity - someone who was working to protect Perry Hall years before Patch was created and who has done more in two years than Gardina did in 20.
Gary Staab December 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I don't like your comment Mr. Marks. Just because a property doesn't hold the historical significance as the Perry Hall Mansion doesn't mean it deserves less respect. No disrespect to the Mansion. If the current owner had made repairs when needed, we wouldn't be having this disscussion. The owner of Little Rich Girl stated that the owners refused to make repairs. If they couldn't maintain the property, They should have sold it. Sounds like another plan to make way for more empty construction for tax right offs. We need to place stronger rules when older properties are in danger of destruction. More and more of Perry Halls historical charm is gone.
John Doe December 05, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Gene - keep being part of the solution - keep calling with your concerns. I called Chick-fil-A corporate about the garbage on their property and got a response from the manager that they will make it part of their cleaning process.
John Doe December 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
If this intersection where PLRG sits is a vital part of the 'downtown' Perry Hall revitalization project, then we have a 7-11, 2 gas stations, and a littered diner area as our main attractions. This building is the eyesore?
Honeygo Hal December 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
So much for free enterprise and small government...
Gary Staab December 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Fixed up and occupied by a dentist or some sort of office, this house would make a beautiful and charming addition to so called downtown Perry Hall.
Honeygo Hal December 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I'm curious if anyone who has posted about this structure (with the possible exception of David Marks) has actually been inside it in the last 2 years. Does anyone know what condition it is in? What would it take (dollars and effort) to rehab or prepare it for subsequent use? Does it have utility access for commercial usage? Can the floors support the weight of commercial/technical/medical equipment? Personally, I like the architecture style but the exterior is in terrible condition. Access from Northbound Belair Rd. is terrible, and parking would seem to be limited at best. Good luck to those who want to see this building preserved, but if it was a worthwhile site, why hasn't anyone redeveloped it already? Folks complain about the money, but it takes money to rehab, and maintaining the original look can be quite expensive. For those that think moving it is an option, the structure likely wouldn't survive the trip. Now let me down off of this soap box.
Steve Redmer December 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'm am repeatedly dismayed by some of my fellow Perry Hall Residents, who seem to always want to use the force of government power and regulation to dictate to their neighbors and fellow citizens, what they have to do, and cannot do with their own personal property... This building is in horrible disrepair, holds no real economic value, and furthermore is NOT YOURS... so please take a moment to realize that you are attempting to FORCE someone to "Preserve" a derelict property at their own financial peril, so that you can get that sense of nostalgia as you drive past it at 40mph...
Steve Redmer December 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM
and again, as I have suggested in previous threads about "Down-Zoning private property without the owner's approval, If you care so much about this issue, and this property....put your money where your mouth is and buy it...and then you can do with it what you wish...Maybe
John Mirabile December 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I fully agree with Steve. This building not only is a eyesore, but is probably structturally unsafe. Historical value.......REALLY? It sits where parking would be a problem, and if it had any value would have been rehabbed and leased a long time ago. It and the laundramat building up the road are demolition projects that are long overdue. TEAR IT DOWN!!
Big T. December 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I have no problem with the owner doing what he wants but the government pushing laws and rules on property owners. I wish I could afford to buy it, then I would put farm animals on it and charge to look at and smell them. How's that for progress.
Evets December 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Apparently no litter at the 7-11, gas stations, or the other businesses around there? And I guess all of that litter was deposited by people passing through Perry Hall, certainly not by an of our fine citizens.
Gary Staab December 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
We live in a dissposable society. Everything old has to go. When it looks bad get rid of it.
Pete R. December 06, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Just it the thing Go!

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