October 19, 2012
An expert on developing city markets will make a visit to Charlottesville to help develop a plan for the downtown City Market's future.
After a study done last year, the city decided to keep the market where it is downtown but they're launching a new study to find out how to keep the market in its spot and at the same time stimulate development in the surrounding area.
More than 5,000 people go out to the City Market downtown every Saturday morning during the summer. They fill their bags with over a million dollars worth of local food and produce.
The city knows it'll be a big project and that's why they're bringing in MarketTech, a company from Portland, Maine which has developed and improved markets all over the country. Those experts will have the help of two local farms, experts on Charlottesville and together they will flesh out a plan.
"They'll be sketch, a first draft, public input, then another draft and more public input. Until something gels together and everyone sits back and can say, "Wow, this is it. That's the vision," said Brevy Cannon of the Charlottesville Market District Alliance.
Cannon says there will be many chances for public input throughout the six month study since the City Market has been part of the lives of vendors and customers alike for decades.