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Cross Street Market merchants threatened by closure organize rally

Cross Street Market merchants threatened by closure organize rally

Merchants at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill are organizing a rally on Thursday as they press their case to receive compensation for the costs they say they will incur as the market closes for a $6.5 million renovation.

Baltimore officials in November approved an agreement that turned management of the market over to CSM Ventures, an affiliate of Towson developer Caves Valley Partners. The firm is planning to renovate the center, which dates to the 1950s, closing the market for a roughly 10 months of construction starting this spring.

About 17 merchants remain at the market, many of them on month-to-month leases. They will be forced to close or relocate during the...

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