Baltimore City officials will start a long-planned, $2 million demolition of a skywalk over Baltimore Street at Hopkins Plaza as part of an effort to make downtown plazas more inviting and to attract office and retail tenants.
The project, funded by the city transportation and planning departments, the Baltimore Development Corp. and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will also include new landscaping and other upgrades, such as the removal of a staircase at the southern end of the skywalk.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is to kick off the six-month renewal project Thursday evening at an on-site ceremony.
The improvements are designed to enhance the Charles Center district at a time when the shuttered Morris A. Mechanic Theatre is slated for redevelopment. Also, urban planners tend to frown on skywalks, saying they unnecessarily separate pedestrians from street-level shopping.