Nearly five decades old, the Maryland House will reopen this month on Interstate 95 in Aberdeen featuring a Wendy’s, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Dunkin’ Donuts and a Sunoco gas station, all part of a new $30 million rest stop, reports the Washington Post.
The rest stop was closed
in September 2012 and demolished. It has been rebuilt over the past 18 months
in a $30 million redevelopment, the newspaper says and should open by mid-January.
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Officials originally planned for the facility to reopen in December 2013. However, there was significant work to be done at the 50-year-old Maryland House, where remediation of fuel-contaminated soil cost $2.6 million, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The building itself is also being redone. Plans call for contemporary design, additional bus parking, free wireless internet and a staffed welcome center, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Environmentally friendly features like rain gardens, solar panels and high-efficiency lighting are also being incorporated.
Vendors at Maryland House will include Phillips Seafood, Wendy's, Cosi, Dunkin' Donuts, Nathan's, Jamba Juice, Jerry's Subs & Pizza, Currito, Pizza Hut, Auntie Anne's and Baskin Robbins, according to the transportation authority.
The renovation of Maryland House—and, when the Aberdeen facility reopens, of Chesapeake House—comes through a public-private partnership with Areas USA, a company that is footing the bill for much of the work in exchange for rights to operate the travel plazas for several decades, Patch earlier reported.