Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of an $8 million renovation and improvement project to expand the infrastructure, amenities, and architecture of the Rochester Public Market on April 29.
The market received $2 million from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, $2 million from Empire State Development, and $500,000 from additional state funds secured by Assemblyman David Gantt, the governor’s office stated.
“The Rochester Public Market provides high-quality, local produce for the region while spurring economic activity,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This funding will build on the market’s success by attracting investment, and supporting new opportunities for New York’s farmers and vendors, and will keep New York’s agricultural economy growing.”
The first phase of the project will include utility, pavement and sidewalk upgrades, and the construction of a new covered, outdoor shed that will allow 48 new vendors into the market.
According to the state, the new shed will be modeled closely in design and location to an original 1904 shed, which was demolished in 1963,
Once the new shed is complete, vendors occupying the existing indoor shed will be moved to the temporarily enclosed newly-constructed outdoor shed, while the indoor shed is replaced with a new brick and glass structure.
According to officials, the project should take about 18 months to complete, and it will lead to an estimated $8 million increase in annual sales.
“The city of Rochester public market has been a celebrated hub of commerce, and culture in our city for 111 years,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “The market is a place where people from all walks of life come together to shop, eat, and celebrate. This ambitious new project will make our much-loved market even better, and position it for the future.”
According to the city, the market will remain open its regular days and hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout the project.
More parking has also been provided by opening up the nearby Freddie Thomas Middle School lot (Scio St.) on busy Saturdays; and the market will once again run its free trolley shuttle to ferry shoppers to and from city-owned market parking lots.
Visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov/marketimprovements/ for additional information regarding the project.