The building at 8833 Belair Road had been vacant for more than a year, Marks said. Last month, he issued a call for progress after the project stalled in the county's permitting and review process, and nothing was happening with the development.
After working with property owner John Mazarakis and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Marks said he was able to get bulldozers on the site Thursday.
Redevelopment plans include brick architecture, landscaping and a "Welcome to Perry Hall" sign, Marks said.
"I have made improvements to Downtown Perry Hall one of my priorities since taking office in 2010," Marks said. "We created the revitalization district to provide grants and benefits to businesses in this area, and now we are redeveloping this eyesore at the southern end of the district."
Perry Hall's revitalization district includes Belair Road from Blakeley Avenue in the south to Minte Drive in the north. It also includes Joppa Road, between Seven Courts Drive and Belair Road, as well as Ebenezer Road, from Belair Road to Yvonne Avenue.
Businesses in the zone are eligible for special financing, free design services and other forms of county assistance.President of the Perry Hall Improvement Association Dennis Robinson thanked Marks for his support of the efforts to revitalize the area.
"I am glad to see that this shopping center is finally coming down," Robinson said. "This will allow the owner to proceed with his plans to redevelop the property and help the ongoing efforts to enhance Downtown Perry Hall."
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