No Bids for the Historic Mayfair Theater

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Mayfair Theatre
An older image of the historic Mayfair Theatre property.

The Baltimore Development Corporation didn’t receive any bids from groups interested in redeveloping the historic Mayfair Theater and the land next to it.

The agency had set noon on March 6 as the deadline for teams to submit proposals to redevelop two city-owned parcels: the former Mayfair Theatre property at 506 N. Howard Street and the former Franklin-Delphy hotel property at 300 W. Franklin Street.

The hotel and much of the Mayfair theater were demolished within the past year after engineers determined they were structurally unsound. But the theater’s front façade is still standing along with a 35-foot-deep front section of the theater, which included the front lobby.

Both properties are in the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District and the Market Center National Register Historic District.

According to BDC representative Susan Yum, the agency did not receive any proposals in time to meet the deadline. Yum did not say what BDC plans to do now to redevelop the properties, part of a key stretch along the west side of downtown.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts writes Urban Landscape on Mondays in the Baltimore Fishbowl. He is the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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