BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After 31 years, the construction project that transformed downtown Baltimore is being renovated.

Mike Schuh has the latest from Harborplace.

Thirty-two years ago, Harborplace was a construction site. Now, 31 years after it opened, it is again a construction site. At the Light Street Pavilion, most shops are gone and Phillips Seafood moved across the Harbor, where the ESPN Zone used to be.

The restaurants which remain are being renovated too, just in time for the new Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

“It’s a breath of fresh air that will cause new reasons for people to come back to Harborplace,” said Laurie Schwartz, Waterfront Partnership.

“If it brings in customers and maintains the integrity of the architecture, I’m for it,” said Andy Flacks, who lives downtown.

Not only the city and the developer but those who come here want this proud anchor to succeed.

“It’s beautiful and it showcases the positive side of a city than the darker side, perhaps,” said Canadian tourist Trish Sullivan.

One of the things you’re going to notice about this renovation is that they’re paying more attention to the outdoor seating, with an emphasis on a better view of the water. It’s that view that makes this place like no other, a place known around the world.

“When I was in Moscow, people mentioned the Inner Harbor and the Aquarium,” Flacks said.

It’s a world-class reputation that’s now getting a renovation to match that image.

Much of the renovation is expected to be completed by the start of next year’s tourist season in the late spring.

Comments (11)
  1. crzy says:

    Try getting rid of the crime and beggars first. Then clean up the place and the water near by. Then get some reasonably priced attractions and shops. Thats whats really hurting the harbor.

  2. crzy says:

    TRy getting rid of the crime thugs and beggars. Then clean up all the trash and grime even the trash floating in the water. Then get some reasonably priced shops and attractions. Those things are why the harbor is in decline. Making it pretty doesnt make it a great place to go visit.

  3. cpzoom says:

    I agree with crzy, making the renovations to the Inner Harbor is not going to make the people who have the dollars to spend visit. The city executives cannot seem to come up with a successful plan to rid the area of crime. It is not safe to go to the Inner Harbor any longer. Low life trash is all over the place there.

  4. Alex says:

    Agree with all of you – Boston is much bigger than Baltimore and they don’t have the gang problems we do. Get rid of the crime, make Maryland a business friendly state, then clean up the harbor.

  5. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


  6. D says:

    How much money did we spend on the Grand Prix, no one came….Or not enough people came…Who wants to go to Baltimore…The crime is at best, compared to Detroit…And I grew up in Detroit…Not a nice city, neither is Baltimore…You say then why are you here, good question..A job, family, and a home, not much else…Clean up Maryland, kidnap the criminals and put them behind bars, is that so hard….

  7. Dennis Trencher says:

    The Occupy protesters have actually made the Harbor safer. At least they don’t mug, kill and beg. Keep them as part of the renovation

  8. po po po says:

    Baltimore’s Harborplace To Be Renovated
    You can only put so much ljpstick on a pig

  9. ciara says:

    I stop going to the harbor years ago. Too much crime. The entertainment and parking prices are outrageous. If you catch the subway or light rail, you have to walk blocks. When I have out of town guest we usually go to Arundel Mills or to Delaware Park to gamble. I would never take them to the harbor. I let the thugs have the harbor.

  10. Skroo ewe says:

    Clean the trash out of the harbor, its gross. Nobody is going to want to sit and look at it. Also…was it not discussed this week that the Grand Prix made us broke and we need payment plans to pay the vendors back? Where the heck is “renovation” money coming from?!

  11. Inmyopinion says:

    Who exactly is PAYING for the renovation? Will the renovations include security gates with metal detectors? I agree with every post here. Get rid of the thugs and thugetts.

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