By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s cold now but Baltimore’s nightlife is heating up thanks to a major renovation at the Power Plant Live! Entertainment District.

Mary Bubala reports new bars, restaurants and a permanent outdoor concert venue are just some of the changes planned for the Power Plant Live! Entertainment District at Lombard Street and Market Place.

“Beer hall and a beer garden area now known as the plaza, as well as a glass roof covering the entire alley, including a permanent stage for live, regional and national entertainment,” said Cordish Company CEO Jake Miller.

A country-themed bar is part of the plan as well, along with The Comedy Factory, which just signed on as a new tenant.

The $11 million renovation marks the first time this area has really been renovated since it opened more than a decade ago.

“We figured the timing was right.  Currently, we entertain almost four million visitors a year.  It’s a very vibrant project; it’s a great economic engine and showplace for downtown Baltimore,” Miller said.

In a statement, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says, “I am excited the Cordish Company is making significant investments in one of the harbor’s busiest attractions.  The upgrades and new restaurants will make Baltimore nightlife more enjoyable for residents and visitors.”

The renovations should be complete by late spring and a grand reopening is planned for early summer.


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