BALTIMORE — Applications are now being accepted online for vendors to fill the space of the new Lexington Market.
The first round for applications will be from now until October 2, according to Seawall, which is overseeing the redevelopment of Lexington Market. The second round will be from January-March 2021.
The goal is to have more than 50 vendors in stalls and booths, said Pickett Slater Harrington, the community engagement lead of Transform Lexington Market. He said there will also be kiosks for vendors who don't want to commit to a permanent stall.
Slater Harrington said the vendors will be a mix of fresh and prepared foods as well as specialty retail options.
"We know Lexington Market is about food access but its also about community wealth generation and it’s a community gathering place for individuals," he said.
There are information and technical workshops to walk people through the application process.
Seawall has also made tweaks to the design of the new market, which is being built where the parking lot use to be next to the existing East building.
Among the changes are more spaced out seating areas, walk-up windows to encourage curbside pickup and a strong digital presence for people to place orders online, said Slater Harrington.
"This is a living breathing project. We said before we’re taking community feedback and input and putting community at the center of the decision making process, and I think that’s been an advantage to us when it comes to COVID because we have those connections and we’re placing that at the center. We can make those adaptations and transformations," he said.
The project is on track to be completed by early 2022. The East building is still open to the public during construction.