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17th Street Farmers’ Market makeover begins

Posted at 11:06 AM, Aug 12, 2015

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Work has started on the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. Photos by Michael Thompson.

RICHMOND, Va. — The makeover of one of Richmond’s oldest public markets has begun.

Demolition commenced this week on the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe Bottom.

The first phase of the work, which is being funded by the city, calls for removing most of the market’s green sheds. It’s the initial step in a larger plan to expand the market and make it more open.

Tammy Hawley, spokeswoman for Mayor Dwight Jones’ office, said the first phase of work will cost $88,000. Pryor Hauling was hired by the city’s Department of Economic and Community Development to do the work.

No streets will be closed during this phase of the process, which is expected to last two to four weeks. The sheds are planned to be repurposed by Enrichmond, a local nonprofit.

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