"We're moving forward," he said. "Whatever other things are attempted [by other developers], we'll just have to see."

Gibbons, who is developing the Solo Cup site with Vanguard, said Foundry Row would complement other projects in Owings Mills, and vice versa.

The county opened a new library branch last month at Metro Centre, and that mixed-use development will eventually be home to offices, retail apartments and a satellite branch of the Community College of Baltimore County.

"Foundry Row will be an amenity to Metro Centre, and I think Metro Centre will be a feeder and an amenity to Foundry Row," Gibbons said. "Certainly, if I lived in Metro Centre, I'd love to have a Wegmans down the street."

He said the grocer would generate business for Foundry Row as a whole.

"It's like a Disney World for food stores," he said.

The cup plant was dedicated in 1962 as a 360,000-square-foot facility run by the Maryland Cup Corp.

At the time, a Baltimore Sun reporter called it an "ultra modern paper products plant" with a warehouse and offices, as well as special features to control quality, such as automatic humidity and temperature controls in processing areas.

Baltimore Sun librarian Paul McCardell contributed to this article.

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