'McComas said the beer garden would replace a closed bar called Turner's and fill three vacant storefronts across from the city-owned Cross Street Market.
Developing vacant and underused property, he argues, is part of what will drive Baltimore's growth, essential to help reach Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's goal to attract new residents.
The concentration of large establishments in the area — eight seat 200 people or more — has prompted police to shut down Federal Hill's major thoroughfares of Charles and Light streets on weekend nights when the bars let out. Residents complain of returning with groceries on a Saturday afternoon unable to find a parking spot because a pub crawl has overrun the streets. Public officials have asked the liquor board to consider whether the neighborhood has become saturated with bars and to not allow any more expansions without the written blessing of community associations.
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