Baltimore Wants To Redevelop Lexington Market

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A downtown Baltimore landmark could get a major facelift. Lexington Market wants a multi-million dollar makeover.

Adam May reports it could be the biggest renovation in the market’s history.

Lexington Market has been a Baltimore icon for more than 200 years.

“It’s a big part of Baltimore,” said Jojo.

Jojo’s been shopping here since childhood and she’s seen it decline.

“I think they need to open new spots that’s been empty so long,” she said.

Now, consultants are examining how to revitalize this Baltimore institution. Management is hoping for a $10 to $20 million overhaul.

“A variety of things that are mainstream or interesting to customers who come, so we maintain interest level not just to residents but to tourists, as well,” said Lexington Market assistant general manager Robert Thomas.

Lexington Market is critical to the overall redevelopment of downtown Baltimore’s westside. That’s why the Downtown Partnership will help figure out how to pay for the makeover.

“You can’t have a market there that hasn’t received investment and expect the whole neighborhood to improve,” said Kirby Fowler.

The proposal will likely include more fresh foods, bringing the market back to its roots when it was a hub for merchants to see locally grown–farm to table–goods.

There’s no timetable on the plan yet.

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