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Baltimore seeks developer for historic Pigtown property

Baltimore is seeking developers to purchase and rehab historic city property in the Pigtown community.

The Baltimore Development Corp. has issued a Request for Proposal for 906 Washington Blvd. There are two adjacent buildings on the property that share that address. One is a former public bath house built in 1901 and a former fire station built in 1872.

“Through recent major investments by the City and the private sector, the Pigtown community is experiencing a resurgence,” said William H. Cole, president and CEO of BDC said in a news release announcing the RFP. “In addition to BDC’s Main Streets program and the recent façade improvement grants, redevelopment of this property will continue to spur economic growth and revitalization efforts in this commercial corridor.”

Pigtown is located in Southwest Baltimore separated from Oriole Park and Camden Yards and the rest of downtown by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. According to the Historic Pigtown website, the neighborhood’s name dates back to the 1800s when the Baltimore & Ohio railroad would release pigs and they would be shepherded down Ostend and Cross streets to slaughterhouses.

The BDC want to see the site and its 7,760 square feet of property redeveloped as a mixed-use project. The city also wants to see development that reflects the historic nature of the community and increases activity on the street near the property.

The property is located in the Pigtown Urban Renewal Area, Pigtown Historic District and the Enterprise Zone. A site inspection is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Oct. 26, and proposals must be received by 4 p.m. on Dec. 1.

About Adam Bednar

Adam Bednar covers real estate and development for The Daily Record.