Winter officially started on Wednesday, but the Rochester Public Market has been getting ready for a while.
While changes to the market will keep shoppers warm, some vendors are concerned about the construction.
The Scott family, known for their hot breakfasts, has been cooking up meals in this kitchen for 27 years – but now they’re in the process of moving.
“It’s been a while now. Construction started around Labor Day weekend,” Cedric Scott said. “We were told then to be getting ready to move. It’s now December. The last move date we had was December 8th.”
Scott is one of the few restaurant vendors who will be placed in a temporary location while the city finishes building the market’s new winter shed.
“We had to address some code issues, and some other things. The building just reached the end of its time too. It was 40 years old and built for a different purpose, so it was time to replace it,” said Jim Farr, director of the Public Market. “It will just be a better air circulation, and you won’t have as many odors. We’re adding a whole new bank of restrooms, so we’ll have as much as three times as many restrooms.”
Mike Davis, another vendor, says although the temporary shed will do for now, it’s created another problem.
“This building has taken up a lot of parking too – a lot of the handicapped parking,” he said. “I just hope we can get more people to come down and see us through the winter,”
On the other side of the Market, Scott says his business has slowed down.
“As you can see, it’s a big construction gate over there. You really can’t see if we’re still open or not,” he said. “We have customers tell us all the time that they don’t know if we are still here or not.”
Either way, both vendors say they will take it one day at a time, and have no intentions of going anywhere else.
According to the city, the project is ahead of schedule, and construction should be completed by summer of 2017.