Business owners around City Dock were not surprised when they heard that the Market House will likely miss its Oct. 1 opening by about four weeks, according to the Baltimore Sun.
owner Kevin Blonder said he's grown indifferent about the issue.
"Well, we would like to be open obviously. The more attractions there are downtown the better it is for all guests," Blonder said. "But there were a lot of things they had to get done."
Those things include a review of interior and exterior plans for Market House by the Maryland Historical Trust. According to the Sun, the trust became a holder of the house's historic easement in 2011 when it authorized state funding to help pay for renovations.
Annapolis' chief of historic preservation Lisa Craig told The Sun that after the state completes its review, the city's own Historic Preservation Commission must approve any proposed changes to the building's exterior, which delays the anticipated start time for vendor construction.
Mayor Josh Cohen said this could add about four weeks onto the timeline.
That means it's likely Cohen will have to "walk the plank." He vowed to plunge into Spa Creek if the Market House missed it's Oct. 1 deadline.
It's a promise Cohen reaffirmed Monday on Twitter.
Owner Karen Johnson Gedney said, "I kinda had a feeling he was going to take a swim. That place has been a debacle from the word go. Of course I'm hopefull it will open again this year, I'm hopeful it will open in my lifetime."
Her husband and co-owner of City Dock Coffee Grover Gedney pointed out that a four-week delay would mean Market House merchants would miss out on the opportunity to sell during the annual boat show planned this year for Oct. 4 to 8.
"That's a biggie," Gedney said. "November is when we get into this lull before the holidays. Businesses down here kinda go into a sleeper mode."
Gedney said he thinks the delay could be even longer given the pace at which he has seen other downtown projects move. There was one thing he knew for certain—he plans to watch Cohen take his swim.
"Oh, I'll watch him jump," Gedney said. "He made that observation, so I think there will be alot of people watching him jump."