Harbor East Development Group said demolition of a former H&S Bakery distribution center located between Harbor East and Fells Point started Thursday, as the firm prepares for construction of a new building.
The cleared space at the corner of Central and Fleet streets is to be used as a temporary parking area for cars displaced from a lot one block south, where in January the firm and partners plan to break ground on a new building, with a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods, 290 apartments and 45 condominiums.
H&S, which employs about 1,500 people, said in 2013 it would relocate its distribution center to an East Baltimore business park. Its primary baking facilities remain in Fells Point. Harbor East was started in the 1990s by H&S owner John Paterakis and developer Michael Beatty, who's now working on Harbor Point.
The razed distribution center lot is slated for future redevelopment, said Tim O'Donald, president of Harbor East Management Group. Specific plans for the site are not ready, he said.