Broadway Market’s north shed is gutted as $3.2M redevelopment ramps up
– By Melody Simmons, Baltimore Business Journal, August 29, 2018
The north shed of the historic Broadway Market is gutted and a $3.2 million redevelopment is in full swing.
Workers at the Fells Point landmark were busy on Tuesday clearing out the interior of the shed and breaking through the side walls to expose space for large, arched windows that will give a new look to the food hall. Robert Thomas, executive director of the Baltimore Public Markets Corp., said the market would reopen in first quarter 2019.
Funds for the redevelopment are coming from the city and the public market corporation’s budget, he said. The redevelopment of the market has been in the works for a decade.
“We are hoping it will be a pleasant, open and welcoming place,” Thomas said. “It has been closed for years and we are opening up the spaces for windows that will bring in a lot of light.”
The 17,600-square-foot market will have 11 vendors and include three who have operated in the south shed for years: Vickki’s Fells Point Deli, Sal’s Seafood and Sophia’s Place European Deli.
The markets group is focused this summer on leasing the eight remaining spots and had received several proposals, Thomas said.
“We’re just stewing over paperwork and selections,” he said. “We’re looking for a diverse mix and the numbers of interested tenants reported to me show there’s been good interest.”
Once the existing tenants move to the north shed, redevelopment of the other half of Broadway Market will commence. That space will be converted to a 275-seat indoor and outdoor Maryland crab house and fish restaurant called The Choptank to be operated by the Atlas Restaurant Group and the Captain James Landing seafood restaurant.
Atlas signed a lease with the city to serve as anchor of the south shed in late March. The company owns and operates multiple upscale Harbor East restaurants like Ouzo Bay, Tagliata, Loch Bar and the Bygone.
The Fells Point area has been the focus of several redevelopments over the past four years including the conversion of the former recreational pier into the ritzy Sagamore Pendry hotel and a re-do of the public square at Broadway and Thames Street.
The north shed of Broadway Market had been ignored for years. It sat vacant as the south shed’s tenants dealt with a decline in foot traffic.
Broadway Market is 222 years old this year and is the oldest of the city’s market system that includes Lexington Market, Cross Street Market and Hollins Market. All three of them are undergoing active or planned redevelopments.
An earlier plan to redevelop the Broadway Market was rejected by the city in late 2017 after Fells Point residents and some business owners protested the design. That effort also included the Atlas Group.