There’s a lawsuit holding up redevelopment of Montgomery County’s White Flint Mall, but the 70s-era structure itself is almost completely gone. Deconstruction will likely be complete by the time we get snow.
A look from the west side of the property. You can clearly see the central elevator shaft here. All photos by the author.
Here’s background on the mall from my first post with photos of the tear down, in early September:
Developer Lerner Enterprises wants to turn the mall into a new urban neighborhood with shops, housing, and a new street grid. It’s one part of Montgomery County’s plans to make the larger White Flint area into a new downtown.
But department store Lord & Taylor, which still has a store at the mall, says that violates a promise Lerner made in 1975 to keep the mall a mall, and filed a lawsuit against the developer last year. Last month, a Maryland judge ruled in favor of Lord & Taylor and said Lerner has to pay them $31 million in “lost profits,” which the Lerners say could imperil their plans to redevelop the site.
A shot from the south. The golden, round shape is one of the mall’s glass elevators.
These two photos are from near the old main entrance. The elevator tower in the front is the Borders Bookstore elevator.
Lord and Taylor is actually now separated from the mall structure: There’s a vertical space just above the right side of the planter, and the department store is on the right while the mall is to the left.
I hope to talk to the management of North Bethesda Market and get a shot from on high once the last parts are down and carted away early next year.
If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to live in a desolate wasteland that may not recover because of your own lawsuits, just ask Lord and Taylor.