The site was the top choice among downtown locations recommended by consultants this spring. But city officials are pointing to several reasons why the ground level of the parking deck wouldn't work.
The subject came up at a
"It's a little disheartening for me," Keefe said. "We spent a lot of money, we had some experts come in and tell us (the parking deck) is the best place."
Deputy City Manager
Financial agreements for the deck are restrictive due to federal funding for the project, she added.
And the site would be expensive for the market to use. The city estimates renting the ground floor of the parking deck would cost
The consultant's feasibility study said the museum "is not ideal for the vendors in terms of access, setup and take down. It is also somewhat limited in size thereby reducing the number of potential vendors."
It recommended three other locations in the downtown area, including the Hope IV project area, a vacant lot at the
Small-Toney said the goal is to consolidate two disparate groups -- the City Market that operates at the transportation museum and the
"I think we have a fundamental difference of opinion on what a farmers market should be," Keefe said.
He noted the potential for a farmers market that sells only local food and products from local farmers, something that could be supported through Community Transformation Grant programs.
"If we're not careful, what we're going to have is a big flea market downtown in the name of a city market," he said. "I don't know if we really want to do that looking at the image we want to develop in the city."
Mayor Pro Tem
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