Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Farmers Market Design Proposed

A brand-new Farmer’s Market is headed for 8th and Main streets in Grandview. Residents will get a chance to learn more about the new site at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at City Hall. The project should be complete by the end of next year.
The Grandview Board of Aldermen gave its go-ahead to the proposed design at its Oct. 4 work session.
“The intent of this improvement project is to develop a public place that people can use to meet and gather when visiting businesses in the downtown area,” said Dennis Randolph, public works director.
The project is an expansion of work started this year with phase one of Main St. improvements between KC Southern Railroad and 10th St. The total estimated cost of the project is about $321,439 – but Uncle Sam is picking up the bulk of that.
“We have $225,000 in Federal aid, and the city’s cost will be $96,429,” Randolph said.
The improvements to the site will include landscaping, a sidewalk, lights, a truss-covered entranceway, and a new “curtain-wall” water feature. The site will provide space for farmer’s market vendors on market days (currently Saturdays) and what Randolph called a “pocket park” at other times.
“During the year, the Parks and Recreation Department will be able to host entertainers and other recreation activities on the site,” Randolph said. “There will be plenty of seating provided around the landscape planter boxes and the new water feature.”
Tony Finlay, director of parks and recreation, said the city is looking for someone to be responsible for recruiting vendors and managing Grandview’s farmer’s market next year. Interested parties should contact Finlay at 316-4880.
For questions or suggestions about the market site in general, the public can attend the Oct. 18 public meeting, send an email to suggestions@ci.grandview.mo.us or call the Public Works Department at 316-4856.

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