Developers sought to overhaul two blocks in the city's Bromo Arts District

The Baltimore Development Corp. has issued a request for proposals from developers interested in improving two blocks of the Bromo Arts District on downtown’s Westside.

The parcels make up a southern corner of the arts and entertainment district, which is anchored by the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and was established in 2012 by the state to boost investment in other arts activities and venues such as theaters, galleries and housing for artists by providing tax breaks.

The parcels, bound by Lexington, Howard and Fayette streets and Park Avenue, are near Lexington Market and the Hippodome Theatre.

The BDC, the city’s quasi-governmental development agency, says it’s seeking proposals from developers “experienced with adaptive reuse and new construction in historic districts.”

The blocks are within the Market Center National Register Historic District and the Five and Dime Baltimore City Historic District, and city officials want to “preserve and repurpose historically contributing buildings.”

Proposals are due to the BDC by July 9.

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