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Plan calls for razing, rebuilding Lexington Market

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Plan calls for razing, rebuilding Lexington Market

Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market would be razed and rebuilt under a plan announced Friday by the board overseeing the market and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, as her administration aims to set in motion the transformation of the city’s public markets in the final days of her term.

The proposal calls for rebuilding Lexington Market, which has stood on the same site since 1782, in a multistory glass building on the parking lot just south of the current building between Eutaw and Paca streets. A park would replace those buildings and Lexington Street would be extended through the area.

The proposal comes nearly two years after a study called for overhauling the city’s biggest public market to make it appealing to more customers, improve its offerings and make it an engine for growth in an area that the city has sought to revitalize for years.

Renovating — not replacing — the market was considered the leading option when the board hired an architect in August 2015 to design a new market.