Mercy Medical Center has begun demolishing a strip of commercial rowhouses in the 300 block of Calvert Street across from the new hospital building and plans in the short term to use the space for parking, hospital officials said Thursday.
The buildings have supported multiple commercial tenants over the years from restaurants and bars to law offices and the Lord Baltimore florist. Mercy bought five buildings between 2013 and 2017 from several LLCs for a total of $5 million, according to land records.
A fence was put up around the properties this week and an excavator has begun knocking down the buildings from the Davis Street alley side.
The block is slated for an expansion of the medical campus eventually, officials said. The hospital has been expanding, completing construction of a $400 million hospital building that backs up to the site in 2010. Affiliated doctors’ offices have continued to fill smaller buildings south of the block.
"Contractors will be removing structures that became dilapidated under prior ownership,” said Dan Collins, a spokesman for the hospital, in a statement. “Mercy acquired the parcels in order to safeguard the block and allow for future development of our downtown medical campus. In the near term, the resulting space will allow for auxiliary parking for our patients and visitors."