The Big Hole in Baltimore! Develop the Mechanic Theatre site!

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The rubble-filled pit that was once the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre on the city's main thoroughfare remains an eyesore and magnet for trash and rats going on four years now.

And some of the city's top business leaders and real estate professionals say they've had enough.

It’s a disgrace and everybody in the city should be upset about it. It is literally a giant hole in the center of our city. A gapping pit in the middle of the business district. It sits next to one of the busiest transport hubs in the city. Why hasn't the city put some real pressure on the developers to do something about this hole? Some people are calling for the city to force the developers to move forward or walk away from their plans to develop two residential and retail towers at the site. 

I'm not suggesting they be forced to walk away because then what will we do with the giant hole. It would most likely sit like that potentially for years or even decades. Plus, the planned development could be a big boost to the Charles Center neighborhood. Now, we understand that the development has been tied up in litigation, but in the meantime, the developer could create a temporary amenity for the city and its citizens.

For example, Beatty Development Group's "Sand-lot" project is a temporary offering using the land that is intended for the fully built out of the Harbor Point Development. The 30,000 square foot Sandlot utilizes refurbished shipping containers from the Port of Baltimore to house their bar, kitchen, cold storage, and restrooms. A 1968 Airstream serves up frozen mixed drinks as well as ice cream. There are enough picnic tables, couches, and benches to fit approximately 300 people.  Kids and adults alike can enjoy the climbing zones composed of recycled wooden pallets, bocce courts, hammocks, sand volleyball courts, and open space.

Now we aren't suggesting to build a replica of that concept. But if the developers are going to be tied up in litigation for years to come they could attempt to create a small temporary amenity such as a beer garden or pop-up restaurant (temporary structure). Something to give back to the city and its residents/workforce that has to walk by this monstrosity every day. At the very least they could improve their site fencing/barrier conditions. Put some art/murals up. Fix the ripped fencing fabric.

If you agree that something should be done to sign this petition and hold our city officials accountable for their part in this.

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