Virtual reality has gone from a futuristic idea to, well, a reality within the last few years. And now, it’s coming to Frederick. Shantay DeMar opened his venue @VR on the Golden Mile this past Black Friday. The location has nine stations where customers can experience virtual reality through the Vibe Pro headset. About 50 games are available to play, many of which incorporate handheld controllers and even vests that let the player feel the impacts they would in the actual game. Virtual reality is different from other video games because the player actually feels immersed in the game itself. Instead of simply watching a screen, their entire field of vision becomes the game.
The redevelopment of the Frederick Towne Mall on Frederick’s Golden Mile presents a chance to revitalize its neighborhood along West Patrick Street, although making the project work will depend on a variety factors, according to city officials and real estate experts. The mall’s owner wants to revitalize the site, which is to be renamed District 40, and bring in tenants that can make the site a destination for people from as far as Pennsylvania and West Virginia, said Faraz Cheema, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Commercial, who represents the mall’s owner, Frederick urologist Mohammed Mohiuddin. Cheema said they hope the mall’s revitalization will have a ripple effect on the surrounding neighborhood, he said. For more see Frederick News Post at https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/towne-mall-development-creates-opportunities-and-challenges/article_69efb5eb-ee0a-59bd-b01f-042372956f5f.html
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Plans for a luxury movie theater at the site of Frederick Towne Mall received a jolt of momentum Monday as developers announced the signing of a new lease agreement. While terms of the deal weren’t released, representatives of Warehouse Cinemas, a locally owned premium movie theater company, said they hope to have the theater up and running by summer. Rich Daughtridge, president and CEO of HighRock Group, the company backing Warehouse Cinemas, said that while the project has faced adversity over the last year, he’s excited to have a lease in place and a plan to move forward. For more information check out article in Frederick News Post here
The city of Frederick’s Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a positive recommendation to the mayor and Board of Aldermen to rezone the property at the former Frederick Towne Mall site. The recommended distinction would take the property from general commercial with conditions of rezoning to general commercial without conditions of rezoning. As a result of the recommendation, District 40, a recently announced project that could bring an arcade, a bowling alley and a trampoline park to the space, takes another step toward becoming a reality. Warehouse Cinemas has signed a lease to open its business on the property next summer. “With these other tenants, if we do lock them [down], it would be a huge breath of fresh air for Frederick,” Faraz Cheema, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Commercial, the banker attached to the project, said last week. “Instead of local residents traveling to the D.C. or Baltimore area, we really want to entertain the local residents so they don’t have to leave the city or the county.”
Go-karts, a video arcade, a bowling alley and a trampoline park could potentially be coming to the vacant Frederick Towne Mall under its new name, District 40. The project, named after U.S. 40, is expected to become a premier entertainment center. Faraz Cheema, real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Commercial, said that negotiations with potential tenants are underway, but are still in the early stages. The first tenant, Warehouse Cinemas, has signed a lease and is expected to open next summer. The theater will be about 40,000 square feet, leaving approximately 300,000 square feet left to fill.
Dr. Julio Menocal will launch a trial shuttle service Friday with three stops in the neighborhoods along West Patrick Street on Golden Mile. The service will initially be limited to patients of Menocal’s medical practice on Baughman’s Lane, although he hopes to eventually expand it to other riders as well. The route will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on a loop between Aldi, Boscov’s, and the Baughman’s Professional Center, where Menocal’s office is located. Menocal will initially fund the project himself.