Muskegon Farmer's Market relocation will need community approval
Caroline MacGregor February 14, 2013 | WGVU Muskegon
City Commissioners this week viewed a concept plan to relocate the farmer’s
market to downtown Muskegon. The non-profit Downtown Muskegon Development
Corporation must have city approval and the backing of the community to push
forward with any plan.
Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President, Cindy Larsen, believes moving the
market to West Western Avenue and Terrace Street will attract other businesses and
be easier for people to access. Right now it is located on the edge of Jackson
“The old market is off downtown and there was a big change in the roads a few years back. When they changed the roads it kind of cut off the market in terms of access. That's why we are doing this - we would not do this unless we saw a long list of advantages to this new location with new market.”
have, however, voiced opposition to the idea of moving the market from its
current location. Larson says they are making sure the needs of farmers are
being met in considering their relocation plan.
“That's the part we need to do next - we need the farmers to sign off that we have everything on their wish list and their idea of a dream market. As far as the pros and cons there are a lot of pros; the new market will have electricity, it will have water, possibly some solar panels and be much more convenient for people to walk and drive to this market.”
admits relocating the market is nowhere near being a done deal but now that a
preliminary cost analysis has been completed they will meet with farmers and
then approach and engage the general community in the discussion.
“We want to go out to the neighborhoods but we also want to have a big community meeting because this is a regional market, it is not a neighborhood market, it is a regional market that serves all of Muskegon County and even further north and west.”
If the Downtown
Muskegon Development Corporation wins approval from farmers and the community, fundraising efforts will get underway. The $3.8 million market will be located on
the old Sears lot across the street from the new Harley Davidson destination
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