Piles of what rubble remained of the grand White Flint Mall have been cleared from the mall property. The 1977 building, fully-leased and still modern in its design, had the plug pulled by the property owner. What does the future hold?
Currently, they are embroiled in a lawsuit with Lord & Taylor, which remains in operation on the site. All of the demolition and abandoned appearance of the overall property surely has taken a financial toll on Lord & Taylor's foot traffic. Bravo to the department store for doing all it could to stop the demolition. The gamble the mall's former owners have taken is that residential mixed-use development will be a sure success on this site.
With at least 9 other town centers now operating or in the works within a few miles of the former mall site, and Federal Realty already in Phase 2 of completing its Pike & Rose development a few blocks "up the Pike," that gamble is anything but a sure bet. A better one might have been to simply build the rumored Wegmans on the footprint of the demolished Bloomingdale's wing, use the parking lot around the mall to develop residential and retail buildings, and keep the mall with its movie theater, popular dining options, and upscale shopping.
Now, we'll never know. But fans of the mall will continue to keep its spirit alive - and don't forget, the Lord & Taylor building is technically what remains of White Flint Mall. Next time you're heading out to a department store, why not give them your business as a show of support?
|Lord & Taylor is all|
that remains, its arched
entrance hinting at
the grand architecture
that's been demolished
selected chapters of
The Dark Side of White Flint:
White Flint Mall now a pile of rubble - December 23, 2015
Dave and Busters closes at White Flint Mall - August 14, 2014
AMC Loews White Flint 5 cineplex closes - February 17, 2014
No more fresh-baked cookies - February 18, 2014
"Walk yourself through the feelings" - January 6, 2014
"It's like a ghost town in here!!" - July 11, 2013
The Dark Side of White Flint - March 18, 2013