The Redevelopment of the Historic Broadway Market Moves Forward with Design Renderings for N. and S. Sheds and a Signed Anchor Lease (S. Shed)

Project Updates:

• Baltimore Public Markets has released design renderings for the revitalization of Broadway Market’s long-vacant north shed. It is expected that there will be a total of at least 10 vendor stalls and a central bar in the north shed creating an exciting diverse mix of offerings in the new market.

• The north shed will also be accompanied by a newly created public space with outdoor seating, landscaping and lighting where the current parking lot is located. This space will be programmed by the BPM with family-friendly activities associated with the market.

• Construction on the north shed is expected to begin in July 2018 and be completed in early 2019 for a grand reopening.

• Existing south shed tenants will remain in place until the end of 2018. Each has been offered space in the north shed and negotiations are ongoing.

• Baltimore Public Markets is also excited to announce a lease for the south shed. Atlas Restaurant Group will be opening an authentic Maryland fish and crab house in the historic Broadway Market. Brothers Alex and Eric Smith are partnering with Billy Tserkis whose family operates the Captain James Restaurant and has been in the Fells Point restaurant business for nearly 50 years. “My father once had a stall in Broadway Market, so to come back and help revitalize an area I’ve spent my whole life in is exciting,” said Billy Tserkis.

“I used to come visit my grandfather at work for lunch as a kid and he would take me through a bustling Broadway Market. We look to bring back the hustle and quality of the historic Broadway market and we will make sure to honor its legacy by providing Baltimore with an authentic local fish and crab house,” says Atlas owner Alex Smith. “It’s an honor to work with the Baltimore Public Markets on the collaboration of the simultaneous project of the north shed and create an authentic revitalized Broadway Market.”

• The name, design and additional details will be released in the coming months.

• Construction on the south shed is expected to begin shortly after the completion of the north shed and open in spring 2019.

• A portion of the project’s funding has been committed with additional funds to be secured as construction costs are finalized. The total project is expected to exceed $5 million, including significant private investment in the south shed.

• Information will be updated at https://broadwaymarket.wixsite.com/broadwaymarket throughout the process. You may also email inquiries or leasing interest to broadwaymarketinfo@gmail.com.

Mayor Catherine Pugh Quote:
“I am excited to see this project finally come to life and create a vibrant space for residents and visitors in the heart of Fells Point, one of our city’s most unique neighborhoods. The north shed has sat dormant for so many years; we are thrilled to move forward with this revitalization that will support the community, local businesses and create jobs for City residents. A renewed Broadway Market will help generate more economic activity in Fells Point and add to the City’s offerings of unique destinations to visit.”

Robert Thomas (BPMC Executive Director) Quote:
“I’ve seen the Broadway Market change over the 13 years I have been working the Baltimore Public Markets. I’m excited to make progress on the next chapter in the Market’s long history.”

Project Background:

• The oldest of the existing city market buildings, Broadway celebrates 222th birthday in 2018. The market has gone through many changes, and was the first of the three built to accommodate the dispersed population of Baltimore’s boom years. To serve the immigrants and sailors of Fells Point, the market once consisted of four long sheds that extended to the harbor.

• Efforts to revitalize the north shed have been stalled for nearly a decade. Plans to redevelop the north shed by the private sector never moved forward. In late 2017, the Baltimore Public Markets (BPM) embarked on undertaking the redevelopment of both the north and south sheds with the goal of bringing back the full vibrancy of Broadway Market for future generations to come.

• A public meeting was held on December 12, 2017 to share the concept of anchor restaurant in the south shed with a multi-vendor food hall/market in the north shed.

• On February 13, 2018, the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) unanimously approved the conceptual design of the Broadway Market.

• On March 29, 2018, final designs for the north shed will be presented to the Planning Commission for approval.