Demolition Activity Underway on Downtown Baltimore Block Where Mixed-use Compass Development is Planned

Demolition activity is underway on the west side of downtown Baltimore, signaling potential progress in the redevelopment of a city-owned parcel once called the Superblock.

A demolition crew has torn down two four-story buildings in the 200 block of West Fayette Street, part of a row of vacant commercial structures owned by the city and targeted for demolition to make way for one phase of a development called The Compass. The work began late last month, leaving the site filled with rubble.

The Baltimore Development Corporation in late 2020 selected a group called Westside Partners LLC to develop The Compass in an area bounded roughly by Fayette, Howard and Lexington streets and Park Avenue – 18 city properties in all. The area is actually two city blocks divided by Marion Street and was dubbed “the Superblock” by a previous developer.