BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Demolition of a portion of the Lexington Market in Baltimore is underway to make room for a $40 million renovation.

The demolition of the market’s arcade portion began Tuesday, spokesperson Dave O’Donnell said. The arcade portion of the building, which was built in the 1980s, will be replaced with a pedestrian plaza.

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In February, officials broke ground on a $40 million renovation of the 238-year-old market. The upgrades will include a new 61,000 square-foot market to be built on the former south parking lot.

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At the time, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the project will lead to 270 new jobs.

A rendering shows the proposed new building for the Lexington Market in Baltimore. Credit: Transform Lexington

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

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Lexington Market will remain open during construction, though it is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.