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Former Perry Hall 'Poor Little Rich Girl' To Be Demolished, Protest Planned

New development may come to the corner of Belair Road and Joppa Road in Perry Hall.

UPDATE (Dec. 4, 1:57 p.m.)—Demolition of the former Poor Little Rich Girl bridal shop has been delayed at least two weeks to allow the structure to be bought or moved.

Find updated information in the article, 'Poor Little Rich Girl' Demolition Delayed After Protest Planned.

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UPDATE (Dec. 4, noon)—Some community members plan to protest the demolition outside the structure on Wednesday evening. Mark Patro wrote a blog post on Patch to promote the event. 

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UPDATE (Dec. 3, 2:44 p.m.)—The former location of the Poor Little Rich Girl formal wear shop—an aging house at 9010 Belair Rd.—could be demolished this week. 

"The community deserves better than what it is today. We want to be good neighbors, so it needs to come down," said George Perdikakes, who manages the property owned by Koros LLC. 

Perdikakes called the house "ugly" and an "eyesore," and said its demolition is in direct response to a request from County Councilman David Marks last summer. 

The tear-down may occur on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, pending clearance by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. Demolition, which includes asbestos removal, will likely cost around $25,000, Perdikakes said. 

Before falling into disrepair, the structure held an iconic place in the heart of Perry Hall. 

Poor Little Rich Girl—at the time, a popular consignment shop—was sold to Linda Fike more than 20 years ago. Fike discontinued consignment more than 10 years ago to focus on formal wear and bridal gowns. In 2010, she moved the shop to an office space across the street at 9105 Belair Rd. 

Fike said she plans to retire at the end of the year, and expects to either sell or close the shop. 

While the former Poor Little Rich Girl location shares a property area with Double-T Diner at 4140 Joppa Rd., the diner is expected to remain as is, Perdikakes said.

There are currently no plans for a new structure at 9010 Belair Rd., although property owners are considering several options, Perdikakes added. 

"Last summer, I requested that this structure either be cleaned up, repaired, or demolished. Many residents had complained to me about its appearance," Marks stated in an email to Patch.

The house and diner are included in Perry Hall's commercial revitalization district.

Approved in May 2011, the zone extends along 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.

New structures in the zone are also subject to Baltimore County Design Review Panel standards, as required by legislation approved in August.

"The legislation I sponsored last summer will require better design standards at the site, and I've already made it clear to the owner that I would like this corner significantly upgraded," Marks stated. 

Which aging structures in Perry Hall are most in need of a tear-down and rebuild? Tell us in the comments. 

Mark Patro December 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I haven't read all the posts on here. But I have not suggested any government money be used on this project. There have been a few responses asking about who to contact in order to make an offer. I can direct anyone I haven't already heard from. But I have to hear from those people interested in order to make something happen here. I agree that this corner greatly affects the appearance of Perry Hall, and I am not suggesting it stay in its dilapidated condition.
Paul Amirault December 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Mark, what you are apparently promoting is an attempt to force your beliefs (and others who think like you) on someone else"s lawful property decisions because you believe it is for the greater good. That is never acceptable to me unless the property owner is properly compensated. Do you see that? I question the validity of that argument in this or many other examples. I am always cautious of those that come forward for the greater good.
David Marks December 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Lynn, I provided it to Mark Patro.
Andrew December 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I still believe this structure should be teared down, and no doubt it will, so instead of fighting to keep it maybe those should just focus on a De-construction method be applied to the tear down. This technique removes anything of value instead of sending it to a landfill. This seems like a much more realistic argument/request to make as the impact on the property owner is relatively small.
Gomer Pyle December 06, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Remove the hazardous waste from the building and lets have the 1st Annual Perry Hall Community bonfire. Next year we can move the event to Middle River. There are pleny of dilapidated structures there that could be used.

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