The Rochester City Public Market’s renovation is complete, and organizers say the new building will help further the relationship between those in the community and vendors.
The building going up was the ultimate sigh of relief for market director Jim Farr. “This is a day that I thought there were times it would never come,” said Farr. The first bid for the project was a million dollars over budget; there were some hurdles with the process, along with just keeping it going.
“You’re dealing with 300 different vendors and trying to keep the market running,” said Farr. Now the project is done, adding 40% more indoor space. Vendors are taking advantage.
“A lot of them are buying new equipment, expanding their businesses, and it’s very exciting,” said Farr.
Mayor Lovely Warren said that vendors have been in line to join in on the market, and this building is giving them that opportunity. “It gives us more space here to have vendors” said Warren, “And be able to vend here at the public market, but it also allows for more commerce, and more jobs.”
The new building will host a nutrition education section along with access to a kitchen and walk in fridgerators. The project cost $8.5 million and will be ready Saturday, July 15. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through the early afternoon.