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Changes may be coming to Lexington Market

Posted at 8:43 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 12:05:17-04

A day after developers announce what a revitalized Cross Street Market will look like in the spring, another city landmark may be getting an update.

Lexington Market could be the latest to get a makeover and the announcement comes just a few months after a viral video caused the health department to temporarily close the popular market.

A rat was caught on camera crawling on sweet treats inside a bakery case.

It was a low point for the historic market which many have wanted to see restored, renovated, or redeveloped. Over the years, plans discussed for the Lexington Market included giving it a makeover, or possibly tearing it down and building a new one from the ground up.

Mayor Pugh says shes committed to providing quality market options across the city, and there is talk of sprucing up other neighborhood markets in Baltimore as well.

Wednesday, Pugh announced Seawall Development will lead the redevelopment efforts for the market. Together with city officials, the company will work on a plan that ensures the market's financial viability, scales the market to an appropriate size, incorporates sustainable and clean energy features, preserves and renovates the east market structure for future use, and reopens Lexington Street to pedestrian traffic, said Lexington Market, Inc., the company that operates the market. 

LMI and Seawall will work to gather community input in the process, driving the redevelopment with community demand, a release from LMI said.

Wednesday, LMI issued a Request for Proposals for the west parcel block of the property which is owned by the city but leased to the company. LMI is hoping to attract market-rate offers to lease and redevelop the site boarded by Paca, Saratoga, Green, and Lexington Streets.