With Walmart pulling out of the deal for Fredericktowne Mall, the community is now faced with a major "White Elephant" on our west side.
We can all either look at as a nightmare or a major new opportunity.
It makes sense to begin having a robust, serious conversation about what is possible, practical and adds to the health, welfare and economics of the west end of Frederick.
We have invited a person who has a great deal of experience with making a project like this work. Garth Rockcastle, FAIA, is the former dean and current professor at the University of Maryland's Architecture, Planning and Preservation Department.
He is also a founding principal of a national architectural firm that specializes in adaptive reuse of vacant properties like our dead mall: http://msrdesign.com/project/mcallen-main-library/