White Marsh Town Center: Councilman Assembling Task Force

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While dozens of shops remain in the White Marsh Mall, there are about 21 vacancies, with storefronts covered by banners. (Elizabeth Janney/Patch)

WHITE MARSH, MD — Councilman David Marks plans to look at what is happening in White Marsh Town Center through the lens of a task force. He announced the idea in his most recent District 5 newsletter.

The White Marsh Mall opened in 1981, Marks said.

"Throughout the United States, with the increase in online sales, indoor malls are losing anchor stores or closing altogether," Marks said. 

Sears closed in 2020 at the White Marsh Mall and has since been used as a COVID-19 vaccination site and testing center. 

When Perry Hall Patch visited the mall on Thursday, there was about a 20 percent vacancy rate.

"Some have proposed that the mall undergoes a transformation such as what happened at Hunt Valley Towne Center, and developers are already eyeing space for apartments and condominiums," Marks said.

To better understand the path forward, Marks is assembling a task force to look at White Marsh Town Center, which he said includes the White Marsh Mall, The Avenue at White Marsh, big-box stores off Campbell Boulevard and several hotels.

"We have reached out to the major stakeholders, including the mall and The Avenue," Marks told Perry Hall Patch.

"I will be creating a task force of residents and business leaders to look comprehensively at the
White Marsh Town Center," Marks said. "In the meantime, please feel free to email me your thoughts and suggestions at dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov."

According to Marks, he plans to turn his attention to the White Marsh Town Center issue this fall.

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