Two who offered space to market tenants identified

November 25, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The two commercial property owners who have offered to lease space to current tenants of the historic Market House were identified by Annapolis officials yesterday in a letter distributed to Market House tenants.

Harvey Blonder and Jon Hollander, two of the biggest land owners in the city, say they could rent to Market House business owners, who are scheduled to move out of the structure late next year while it is renovated, wrote Mike Miron, the city's economic development director.

Miron said last week that two businesspeople had approached the city about leasing to Market House tenants, but he did not identify them.

Meanwhile, BankAnnapolis and CommerceFirst Bancorp Inc. officials have said "they are ready, willing and able to discuss financing packages with [tenants] for any future small- business needs," Miron wrote.

City officials have said that the current tenants will be given the first opportunity to move back into the Market House after the renovations, which could take more than six months to complete. But Annapolis officials have also been talking with representatives from Dean & DeLuca, an upscale New York-based grocery store, about leasing the entire structure.

Some tenants have complained that the city is trying to push them out, but Miron wrote that he was not "encouraging or discouraging" them from talking with the property owner and banks.

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