The former Mondawmin Mall Target will be redeveloped into a community center

Rendering of the future TouchPoint Empowerment Center, a community center for West Baltimore that will be located on the former Target site in the Mondawmin mall. Courtesy of TouchPoint Baltimore.

More than three years since he firm At the end of 2017, the former Mondawmin Mall target will soon be given new life thanks to Whiting-Turner Chairman and CEO Timothy Regan, who officially purchased the building for $1 million on Tuesday.

Regan is a longtime supporter of the Mondawmin community, which is made up of eight neighborhoods in West Baltimore, having previously co-founded TouchPoint Baltimore, a community center in the Mondawmin Mall. The facility is home to two local nonprofits: Thread, which mentors and supports high school students in need, and Baltimore Corps, which works to advance social innovation in the city. It also partners with the nearby Center for Urban Families.

Regan founded TouchPoint alongside Exelon Senior Executive Vice President and COO Calvin Butler in 2015.

Plans for the new facility, which will be called the TouchPoint Empowerment Center, have yet to be decided; Regan plans to work with the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council, a group of eight people who represent each of the neighborhoods that make up Mondawmin, to decide what the 127,000 square foot space will be used for.

Possibilities include retail space for local entrepreneurs, an expanded TouchPoint facility, a workforce readiness program offered in conjunction with the Center For Urban Families, event space, an instructional kitchen, or a new Whiting-Turner office.

“Collectively, TouchPoint and the community will explore options that will create new economic opportunities for local residents, provide a range of on-demand services and position the community for continued growth,” Regan told The Daily Record in an email. . “The focus will be on opportunities that have the greatest potential to have immediate and lasting impacts on the community.”

Although Regan is not from the Mondawmin community — he is originally from Gardenville in northeast Baltimore — he said he wanted to develop the Mondawmin Mall because thousands of people pass through the area every day, which makes it an ideal location for a community center.

“I strongly believe that investing in underserved communities can have a significant impact on those who reside there. Mondawmin Mall reaches thousands of people every day and is therefore an ideal place to develop a platform where members community can initiate businesses, organizations, programs and collaborations to realize the vision they have for their neighborhoods,” he said. “The mall’s position as a shopping and community hub of long standing uniquely positions it as an anchor for future development and broader economic growth throughout West Baltimore. We believe this critical investment will demonstrate the value of others to make additional and complementary investments in the region over time.

The announcement comes after years of decline for the mall, which was once a priority development area for the city. in 2006, then-owner General Growth Properties Inc. invested $70 million in renovate installation (GGP was acquired in 2018 by Brookfield Properties, which is best known in Baltimore as the owner of The Gallery shopping center in the Inner Harbor).

But since, numerous tenants to have left the mall and shop owners, employees and shoppers complained about the increase in crime in the area.

Over the years, various ideas to revitalize the mall have been put forward, such as former mayor Catherine Pugh in 2017 call for Goldman Sachs to fund a movie theater in the area, but none materialized.

In a press release, Adeline Hutchinson, chairwoman of the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council, welcomed Regan’s plan to revitalize the long-vacant target.

“Tim has long been a valued and very involved community partner, and I couldn’t be happier to expand our collaboration,” she said. “Today’s announcement represents a critical investment in our neighborhood and resolves widespread concerns about the future of an important local landmark that has stood empty for years. Tim’s continued commitment to Mondawmin and our neighbors speaks to his belief in the region’s continued growth potential. It will be a transformational project for West Baltimore.

Redevelopment of the site is expected to be a multi-million dollar undertaking, and Regan is currently the sole investor. However, he said, the team plans to “evaluate various options to maximize the impact of the site” as the redevelopment is underway.

Redevelopment work is expected to begin as soon as possible, with the aim of opening the facility within the year.

Jill E. Washington