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."
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