Petitioning State Representative Peter Hammen (State Representative) and 10 others

Redevelop Cross St Market Now


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Cross Street Market was originally built in 1846 and rebuilt in 1952. That foundation as you see it today has not been redeveloped in 65 years. It's time to rebuild. Sign this petition to ease the stipulations our City and State officials have put on this project and provide maximum state funding for the merchants and market during the redevelopment.

Please review the below facts & opinions and sign to support! 


  1. Cave Valley Partners (CVP) proactively sought the redevelopment of the market which let to the Baltimore Public Market Corporation (BPMC) releasing a Request For Proposal (RFP)
  2. CVP was the only bid submitted for the Cross St Market Redevelopment
  3. Your Maryland representative Luke Clippinger  and your Maryland senator Bill Ferguson of the 46th district wrote and introduced a liquor license bill in the Maryland House and Senate for the redevelopment project
  4. The bill includes a $50,000/year liquor license fee
  5. The bill does not allow Cross St Market to serve liquor for 2 years
  6. The bill does not allow alcohol to be served past 11:00 PM, 7 days a week
  7. CVP will drop out of the project if the above liquor license bill stipulations do not change
  8. Cross St Market is owned by the city, leased to the BPMC and sub-leased to CVP
  9. The redevelopment will cost $6.5M - $4.5M by CVP and $2M by Baltimore City
  10. The $2M is a negotiated amount to bring the building up to Baltimore City ordinance that Baltimore City developed
  11. CVP will pay a historically high $10,000/month to lease the market
  12. This is higher than the BPMC has ever paid the city and higher than the current revenue collected by BPMC
  13. Baltimore City and CVP will split the market profits 50/50
  14. All vendors will be allowed to return with the exception of the cell phone accessory vendor 
  15. Cross St Market profit has been declining for the past 15+ years
  16. CVP attempted to deliver letters of intent to the vendors to have them return as tenants once the market was redeveloped
  17. CVP was turned away because the vendors had hired a lawyers and would not talk to CVP or agree to return
  18. The lawyer for the vendors and Nick's Fish House's eviction both are not working probono
  19. The Cross St Market Advisory Committee (AC), formed to collect and represent the opinions of the community residents, all agreed to the liquor license with stipulations, none of which were those defined in the above bill
  20. The AC attempted to develop a vendor relocation assistance package to deliver to the vendors, but the AC was referred to speak only to the lawyers
  21. CVP will still have to apply for a liquor license after the bill passes
  22. CVP will have to renew their liquor license annually with the liquor board
  23. CVP and their representative, Arsh Mirmiran, have lived in South Baltimore for years and his partners are all local Marylanders



  1. The Cross St Market redevelopment project has the South Baltimore's majority support, despite the loud minority
  2. Cross St Market needs to be redeveloped to be economically sustainable
  3. Patronage would increase with a redeveloped market
  4. Surrounding businesses would benefit from a redeveloped market
  5. Surrounding housing values would increase with a redeveloped market
  6. Cross St Market is dirty and needs a bath
  7. Cross St Market is an eye sore
  8. The vendors in Cross St Market could improve their current offerings
  9. Cross St Market could improve its mix of vendors

Please join us in supporting the redevelopment of Cross St Market!


This petition will be delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Peter Hammen (State Representative)
  • State Senator
    Bill Ferguson
  • State Representative
    Luke Clippinger
  • State Representative
    Brooke Lierman
  • Caves Valley Partners
    Sami Hamsher
  • Baltimore Public Markets Corporation Executive Director
    Robert Thomas
  • Baltimore City Mayor
    Catherine Pugh
  • Chairman, Baltimore Public Markets Corporation
    Kirby Fowler
  • Baltimore City Council President's Office
    liam davis
  • Baltimore City Council 11th District Office
    Justin Lane
  • State House of Representatives - Maryland-046A
    Robbyn Lewis

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