Renovations planned at aging Perry Hall Square Shopping Center

Perry Hall SquareBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Wednesday that the 54-year-old Perry Hall Square Shopping Center would be renovated, bringing a new look to one of the oldest commercial areas in northeastern Baltimore County.

“In 2011, I sponsored legislation that created the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district, and since that time we made great progress in this part of Baltimore County,” said Councilman Marks. “The derelict Regester Square shopping center was demolished, and new trees and landscaping have been planted. I am delighted by the upcoming improvements at Perry Hall Square, the first renovations since the early 1990s.”

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“We are excited by the upcoming improvements at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center,” said Mark Arena, president of ARC Realty. “These changes will enhance Perry Hall’s commercial area and provide a more appealing look for patrons and employees alike.”

ARC Realty will invest at least $2 million into the shopping center.

Marks said that renderings of the improvements should be available later this month.


Local pub to host fundraiser for fallen Perry Hall soldier

Eric HouckA local, Perry Hall pub will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the family of a fallen Perry Hall soldier.

The Department of Defense announced in June that Army Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The fundraiser will be held at BJ’s Pub, located in the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, on Sunday, September 10, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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The event will feature live music and food from Italian Sensations, Outback Steakhouse, and BJ’s Pub.

BJs Fundraiser Eric Houck


Hallmark store in Perry Hall Square robbed at gunpoint

Perry Hall SquareAuthorities are investigating after a local card store was robbed this week.

At just before 6 p.m. on Monday, January 9, someone entered the Hallmark store located in the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center on Ebenezer Road.

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The man handed the cashier a bag, displayed a gun and demanded the money from both cash registers.

The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash, then fled the scene.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police have not released a description of the suspect due to the ongoing investigation.


Councilman Marks: Extend commercial revitalization district to fill Mars site

Empty Mars Perry HallIn 2011, the Baltimore County Council created the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district to spur redevelopment near Belair, Ebenezer, and Joppa Roads. Since that time, occupancy has increased from 60 percent to 90 percent at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, and we have been able to redevelop the area near 8833 Belair Road.

Over the coming weeks, Councilman David Marks will be introducing legislation to change the boundaries of the district, eliminating areas where there has been some improvement – but adding properties that need help. One such property is the shopping center at Belair and Silver Spring Roads.

“I am concerned about the unoccupied Mars Supermarket site,” Councilman Marks commented. “There have been a lot of rumors about future tenants, but nothing confirmed. I want to provide incentives that can attract tenants to this property.” The commercial revitalization district program offers grants and tax incentives that may make a difference.

“I believe the commercial revitalization district program can not only help with the Mars location, but can also benefit some of the properties between Blakeley Avenue and Silver Spring Road,” Marks concluded. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/DowntownPerryHall.