7 bid to lease Market House

Annapolis says it will pick proposal by Wed.

October 07, 2005|By JAMIE STIEHM | JAMIE STIEHM,SUN REPORTER

The city of Annapolis said yesterday it has received seven proposals to redevelop the vacant Market House as a central gathering place for breakfast and lunch fare.

City officials identified the bidders as the Site Realty Group, which operates Eastern Market in Washington; the New Market Group, led by Annapolis business partners Gavin Buckley and Jody Danek; H.B. Properties, led by Annapolis restaurateur Harvey Blonder; O'Leary's Seafood in Annapolis; Foundos Realty in Annapolis; Siganos Management of Northfield, N.J.; and Caribee Associates LLC of Ocean City.

The recently renovated Market House has remained vacant after Dean & DeLuca, a New York-based gourmet grocer, backed out of a deal shortly after being awarded the lease to the space last fall. Dean & DeLuca's bid had been picked over one from Site Realty.

The deal's collapse and the result -the languishing of the historic city-owned marketplace for months - has became a political liability for mayor Ellen O. Moyer, who is running for re-election against Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. The vacant Market House is especially visible this week with the Boat Show is in town. Moyer had promised that Market House would be open for the show.

To make up for lost time, city officials said they plan to select a proposal by Wednesday, with April 15 as the goal for re-opening the Market House under new management.

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