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April 11, 2022 | Daily News Brief | The Mall Is NOT Closing. Garage Update. Another Library Perk. Homestead Gardens News!

| April 11, 2022, 06:00 AM

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Good morning, it is Monday, April 11th  2022 and THIS is your Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was! Friday was the always fun Bacon Brothers at the Rams Head On Stage and on Saturday, against my own advice, I ventured to a bar in Essex over the weekend called Crazy Tuna. Fun location right on the water and fun time dancing to Weird Science! OK, we have news,  so let’s get into it, shall we?

Big news for the mall. And let me dispel rumors I heard this weekend! The mall IS NOT closing. The news is that the French company that owns all of the Westfield malls has said that they plan to sell all of their US-based properties by the end of 2023 including the Annapolis Mall due to the changing habits of shoppers. We don’t know a lot so we don’t know if they will try to sell them as a lot, or individually. Time will tell, but the chances of the mall going away are very slim. If I had to guess, Simon Properties might pick it up. They already own many other malls across the country including Arundel Mills, Potomac Mills, and the 3rd largest mall in the US–King of Prussia Mall outside of Philly. Simon also bought JC Penney out of bankruptcy, so they have a little more skin in the game. Of course, if you have half a billion sitting around, you can probably get in on the action too. Of course, we could also be looking at a huge retail shift as well.. the 60s were all about strip centers, and the 70s saw the malls. We may be seeing something else coming down the pike. But for now, your favorite store at the mall is planning to stay!

Last week we mentioned the Library is planning a Human Library in May. Well, now they have another perk for cardholders–which is free and everyone needs to have a library card. But now, you can check out a pass to visit the Hammond Harwood House Museum in Annapolis. The passes are good for four people and you can check them out and return them at any county library–and they are only valid for 7 days!. And now is a good time to go and check out the Charles Willson Peale exhibit from a great American painter!

As expected, the start of the construction of the new Hillman Garage that was supposed to start in January has now been pushed back to May 2. According to an email sent by Ward 1 Alderwoman Elly Tierney, she feels that construction will take 14 months. Barring any issues, that puts completion on July 1, 2023. But she also said that a contract has not yet been signed between the City and the contractor–so that might prove to be an issue. Construction is planned to be from 7 am to 4 pm and the only road closure will be Gorman Street. And if you are parking in some street parking after construction begins, read the signs..what might have been free will be paid now via an app. And the cost will be as high as $4 per hour. The best bet is to use the other garages and use the various shuttle and circulator options! All the details on that are at accessannapolis.com. On some unintended consequences, Tierney’s email addressed how parents would handle babysitters, dog walkers, and guests–the answer was to use a visitor pass or pay $4 per hour to park but only up to two hours.

As we begin to wrap up, a few things for your calendar! I did this last year and am looking forward to it again this year. Tour de Talbot–it’s a 30, 40, or 62.5-mile bike ride in, appropriately enough, Talbot county. Wide roads. Little traffic. Incredible Scenery–and this is the deal sealer for me…next to no hills. Bonus–a trip on the Oxford Ferry! We recorded a podcast with Heather Grant on this so keep an ear open for that. But to find out more, tourdetalbot.org

Homestead Gardens has launched a speaker series for the spring–all about pizza making…no gardening. All gardening. On the 13th, rare and exotic houseplants, the 20th is foodscaping, 23rd is growing edibles in containers, 23rd and 24th is their herb and veggie weekend, the 30th is Growing and preparing Asian veggies, and it continues through May. You can check it out at EyeOnAnnapolis.net or HomesteadGardens.com

Today is the final day of the legislative session. It ends at midnight. To the legislators, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out! Annapolitans will regain their town for a month or so until Memorial Day hits! Hey here’s a heads up.. tomorrow, we’re giving away tickets to see The Four Tops at Maryland Hall for our Ticket Tuesday Giveaway.. so make sure you are listening!

Some podcast info you need..hopefully, you caught our Local Business Spotlight on that great new fitness option at the Annapolis Town Center–Snap Fitness.  Next weekend–Unity Gardens! And I think there may be a bonus pod or two this week as well! Of course, if you have any suggestions for business spotlights–send them my way.

OK, that’s it for the news, but first a quick thank you to our sponsors for today’s Daily News Brief– Solar Energy Services,  the Kristi Neidhardt Team of Northrop Realty, a Long and Foster Company,  The Roof Guy Annapolis, and Alpha Engineering!

Alrighty,  it is  Monday, and Ann Alsina from Covington Alsina is here with your Monday Money Report. And of course, George Young from DCMDVA Weather is here with your locally forecast weather. All that coming up in just a bit!

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