(03/05/14) - Sparks are flying in what will soon be the new home of the Flint Farmers' Market.
"I love it. I absolutely love it. Things are moving very, very fast," said Dick Ramsdell, Flint Farmers' Market manager.
Renovations are well underway in what used to the Flint Journal's printing press building. The Market is scheduled to move in this spring, though no official opening day has been scheduled just yet.
"May is the target. Other than that, I think that's the fairest thing to say. We'll be open in May," Ramsdell said.
The last three weeks has seen a dramatic transformation in the downtown building - one that will provide the market with more than 30,000 square feet of space. That's three times the size of the market's current home along the Flint River Trail.
"This is where the commercial kitchens will be, the art gallery will be right here, behind us is the community room, which will be space for people to have all kinds of activities. The wine shop is right over here, and beyond that is the atrium," Ramsdell said.
That atrium is what Ramsdell believes will be a big social spot.
"What the atrium I think is going to be is the town square for the market and for actually the downtown area, particularly in the winter time," he said.
As for vendors - all 47 primary tenant spots have already been filled.
"They've been ordering equipment, they've been designing their spaces. We're very excited because we have probably eight to 10 small new businesses coming in," Ramsdell said.
Once work wraps up inside, weather permitting, work on the outdoor pavilion and parking lot can begin. Then, it's ribbon-cutting time.
"We've still got a lot of work to do, but we're going to get there, and it's going to be a very, very cool market when we get it open," Ramsdell said.
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