June 1, 2014
Charlottesville’s City Council will soon finalize its plans for the City Market, but before they do, they want to hear from residents on which plans work best.
The City Market is a great place for local vendors and farmers to come and showcase their goods, but it is also held in a spot that many consider as prime real estate for future businesses in Charlottesville.
“Instead of having a couple of vacant lots there, it's used for parking and parking is valuable, but to have it just flat isn't the best use for downtown property,” says Kristin Szakos, Charlottesville City Council.
Szakos says that spot can and should be used to help develop and grow downtown Charlottesville.
“The City Market is really important and we want to make sure it's downtown, but to keep a lot that has nothing on it except the city market for years and years, a lot of people feel that's not the best use for downtown space.”
For years the City Market has taken place on Saturdays in a parking lot downtown. However, Charlottesville City Council hopes the new designs will be able to transform the area for all of downtown Charlottesville.
The four plans for the City Market that are up for discussion include plans to create a mixed-use development. They also show both indoor and outdoor facilities for the city market as well as space for other businesses and residential areas.
Brevy Cannon, the vice chair for market central says that over 5,000 people come to the city market each Saturday and says those numbers could grow with more space.
“We know it's a beloved Charlottesville institution, it has been for a long time,” says Cannon. “It's just exciting to think about how much better it could be if it had a dedicated home that the city has been talking about it having for more than 20 years now.”
He hopes that residents will soon look at the city market the centerpiece for Charlottesville’s downtown.
There will be a public hearing tonight at 7pm at City Hall on Monday, discussing those plans. For more information you can click on the link under the picture.