For at least the next year however, he said, Catonsville residents should expect the site to be used as additional parking for OACM.
County Councilman Tom Quirk, who represents District 1, which includes southwest Baltimore County, said he has heard a mix of reactions from the community about the demolition of the building.
"Nobody likes change," Quark said, adding that he had always liked the flower shop building's look. "The fact of the matter is that that building was in serious disrepair."
That maintenance work that would have been required to restore the building would have been very expensive, he said.
OACM's long-term plan to build new shop space on the site would be beneficial to the whole community, he added.
"We'd like to — long term — keep that retail frontage," he said.
The tearing down of the current building is expected to be finished by next week or the week after, Maddock said.
The majority of the work taking down the building's frame will happen this weekend.
Much of the next couple weeks will be spent filling the cellar hole, removing debris and planting new greenery around the site.
With the holiday shopping season over, some Catonsville business owners say 2015 brought an increase in sales.
"It was definitely up from last year, and continuing to do so," said Gary Gebler of record store Trax on Wax. "The last two weeks of December were really, really encouraging."
Because he started his business on a small scale in 2009, he said he has seen growth every year. His product is making a comeback.
But Gebler also saw an increase in foot traffic on Frederick Road, where his shop is located.
"There's just a lot of traffic in the area," he said.
He expects to stay busy through the end of January, when students return to college.
Another Frederick Road business, Blue Iris Flowers, also noticed an increase from last year.
"Our holiday season, compared to last year, was definitely more busy," owner Allison Glascock said.
She attributed the extra business to efforts from the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce. This year the chamber launched a campaign called "Elves in the 'Ville," in which it hid stuffed elves ... http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/catonsville/ph-ca-holiday-shopping-0106-20151231-story.html