Community town halls on Seawall’s Lexington Market overhaul start this month

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Trusted with fixing up and modernizing Lexington Market on downtown’s Westside, Seawall Development is kicking off a series of town hall meetings with locals to hear what they want out of the redo of the 237-year-old marketplace.

The first in a series of quarterly meetings is set for June 26 at the market itself, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Seawall, the developer behind R. House and numerous other projects in Remington, is working with Baltimore Public Markets on the series of upcoming gatherings.

This first meeting will cover the overall design, safety and quality of life nearby, vendor recruitment, programming and community uses, and “incorporating and honoring the legacy and memories” of the historic spot, per a release.

Seawall said it expects to complete the $30-40 million project as soon as mid-2021, with construction to start in early 2020.

Plans call for the new market to be built on a parking lot just south of where the current East Market building sits, stretching the entire block between Paca and Eutaw streets. There would also be a new pedestrian plaza and park on Lexington Street where the Arcade currently stands.

Design-wise, renderings shared with the city in March, drawn up by BCT Architects, show new roofing that would mirror the market’s old sheds—destroyed in a six-alarm fire in 1949—but with more modern industrial elements like slatted metal siding and factory-style windows. The redux market would also have an outdoor patio with seating and a non-sloping floor.

The June 26 town hall will include small group discussions and chances for direct feedback from community members. Also, snacks, refreshments and childcare for those who need it. RSVP here.

For those planning ahead, the next town hall is set for Oct. 9, same time and same place.

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