Canton Crossing, the long-anticipated 30-tenant retail development near the First Mariner Tower and Merritt Athletic Club, is now being graded and prepped for construction.
“Our goal is to be building in November or December,” says Neil Tucker, a real estate developer and partner with Chesapeake Real Estate Group, LLC.
“That’s assuming good weather.”
If construction goes according to schedule, the Main-Street-style retail center will open in October of 2013.
It is a matter of public record that Canton Crossing’s anchor tenants will be Harris Teeter, a national upscale supermarket chain, and the discount retailer Target.
Harris Teeter opened its first Baltimore-area supermarket last year in Locust Point’s McHenry Row, and Target does not have a store in the immediate southeast area.
According to Tucker, several of the 28 other as-yet-unnamed Canton Crossing tenants will be new to Baltimore. According to a proposed leasing plan obtained by the Baltimore Guide, Michael’s (a crafts store), Old Navy, DSW (a designer shoe warehouse), and LOFT, will be part
“Many of the stores and restaurants do not already have a presence in Baltimore city. Either that, or they only have one store,” Tucker says. “The stores will fill a void in the market.”
Several Canton residents agree.
“I would welcome a Safeway alternative,” says Darlene Cook, who lives in Canton. “I would love to find fresh seafood closer than Whole Foods. And who doesn’t love Tar-zhay?”
Cook adds she’d also like to have more banking options at Canton Crossing.
“I would love to see my PNC bank branch relocate to a less busy locale than the current Panera Bread/Boston Street strip mall, with its overcrowded parking,” Cook says.
According to Tucker, Canton Crossing will have approximately 1,300 parking spaces.
“And parking will be free,” Tucker says.
Canton resident Julie Kichline says she looks forward to Harris Teeter opening.
“Harris Teeter will give Safeway a run for its money. Maybe Safeway will lower their prices. I wonder if Harris Teeter delivers,” says Kichline, who is also enthusiastic about having a Target in the neighborhood.
“I like the way that Tar-zhay sells items that are on-trend at affordable prices. Now, the closest Tar-zhay is at White Marsh Mall.”
But not all Canton residents are necessarily eager to have chain stores in their neighborhood.
“I would prefer to see more local and cooperative retailers than chains and big box stores,” says Doray Sitko.
Sitko may get her wish.
Tucker says that not all of Canton Crossing’s restaurants will be chains.
“We have some local restaurant concepts in the project,” he says. “There will definitely be some local Baltimore flavor.”
by Danielle Sweeney