The Rotunda (Baltimore)

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The Rotunda
Location Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Address 711 W. 40th Street
Opening date 1971
Developer Manekin Corp.
No. of anchor tenants 1
Total retail floor area 140,800 sq. ft.

The Rotunda is a shopping mall in Baltimore, Maryland, located near the renowned neighborhoods of Roland Park, Hampden, and Medfield, and near Johns Hopkins University. The mall was developed by Bernard Manekin who converted the 1920s Maryland Casualty Insurance Co. building, designed by Otto Simonson, into a shopping center in 1971.[1][2] The mall's centerpiece is a bell tower which chimes the Westminster Quarters. It was renovated in 2002.[3]

It featured office and retail space, including Rite Aid, the Rotunda Cinematheque, and various specialty shops

Giant Food closed their Rotunda location on March 29, 2012 and opened a new branch the same day at Green Spring Tower Shopping Center. In 2013 Hair Cuttery and Radio Shack joined Giant at Greenspring and Casa Mia's Pizza closed until 2014, leaving only Rite Aid.

A Christian Science Reading Room remains in the building, although it is no longer located on the second floor at the foot of the ramp in front of Giant Food, now occupied by Allstate.[4]

The Baltimore Clear Channel headquarters are located on the third floor, which includes the studios for WPOC 93.1, WZFT Z104.3, WQSR 102.7 Jack FM and WCAO Heaven 600 AM.[5]

The Social Security office is located on the fourth floor.

The rest of the offices house lawyers, dentists, sports physicians, a dyslexia tutoring program, mental health professionals and various other specialists.

History[edit]

The Rotunda has been neglected for the past several decades. The mall was bought by Hekemian & Co., Inc. in the 2000s.

Future Plans[edit]

Hekemian is currently working toward a planned $100 million redevelopment of the site, which would include up to 300 apartments, several shops and restaurants, and a boutique grocer.[6] Hekemian is expected to have a grocer lined up by summer 2012, though the store would likely not open until the redevelopment is complete.[7]

Transportation[edit]

Two Maryland Transit Administration bus lines operate past The Rotunda: Routes 22 and 98.

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Coordinates: 39°20′10″N 76°37′50″W / 39.3362°N 76.6305°W / 39.3362; -76.6305