Baltimore County plans to pay $10 million for Sears building at Security Square mall

WOODLAWN, Md. — Baltimore County plans to spend $10 million to purchase the former Sears Building at the Security Square Mall in Woodlawn, County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today.

It’s part of a total of $20 million the state and county are spending to revitalize the mall.

The purchase still needs to be approved by the county council on September 6 and will close by September 30.

Site plans remain unknown. The county will launch a charrette – a community forum – to develop new plans for Security Square Mall, which has long been virtually deserted.

The county will sign a $10 million contract with owner TF Baltimore MD LLC to purchase 18 acres of land that includes the 202,653 square foot building that once housed Sears. The $10 million had been committed in the FY2023 capital budget; state capital funding will also be used.

In April, the county razed Bennigan’s old building, and Randallstown’s NAACP announced that Chick-fil-A would come to the mall, but Outback Steakhouse dropped out.

The county is also contracting with JMT, Ayers Saint Gross and Landwise to lead the charrette process to decide the future of the mall. The charrette will take place this fall. The county said a timeline and more details will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Olszewski said in a statement, “The Security Square Mall site is a vital anchor for communities on the west side of Baltimore County, and our administration is committed to revitalizing the area and ensuring that it will serve as a vibrant community center for years to come. come. This timely purchase demonstrates the county’s commitment to making the community’s vision for the site a reality.

Maryland House President Adrienne Jones, a native of Baltimore County, said:

“The communities surrounding Security Square need and deserve to be reinvested. Funding from Baltimore County and the State of Maryland for the purchase of the Sears Building is an important and necessary step in the revitalization of the Security Square Mall area.

Baltimore County Council Speaker Julian Jones and Councilman Tom Quirk both said they were happy to see the project continue to move forward and called the purchase “transformative” for the community.

Jennifer C. Burleigh