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17th Street Market renderings. PHOTO: City.

RICHMOND, Va.The transformation of the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market is about to enter its next phase, after a final public forum to review the draft plan. It’s one of America’s oldest markets, and its transformation is part of the Shockoe Bottom Revitalization Strategy.

The City’s Department of Economic and Community Development will host a community meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second floor of Main Street Station, 1500 East Main Street.

17th Street Market renderings. PHOTO: City

17th Street Market renderings. PHOTO: City

The draft plan outlines the overall concept of transforming the market. This will be the final meeting before the plan is presented to the Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission for final review.

To RSVP or to obtain more information, please contact Jeannie Welliver at jeannie.welliver@richmondgov.com or call (804) 646-7322.

The first hour of free parking for this community meeting will be available in the lot east of train station and in plaza across Main Street.’

17th Street Market renderings.  PHOTO: City.

17th Street Market renderings. PHOTO: City.

17th Street Farmers’ Market makeover begins

Demolition commenced in August 2015.

The first phase of the work, which is being funded by the city, calls for removing most of the market’s green sheds. It’s the initial step in a larger plan to expand the market and make it more open. The rendering offered by the city indicates that the roads would be closed to make the football sized area pedestrian friendly.

Tammy Hawley, spokeswoman for Mayor Dwight Jones’ office, said the first phase of work will cost $88,000. Pryor Hauling was hired by the city’s Department of Economic and Community Development to do the work.

City officials originally hoped to have the poroject done before Richmond hosted the UCI Road World Championships in 2015.

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