Kalamazoo Farmers Market opens after some renovations

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Just over a year later innovatePhase 1 of the Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market Renovation is officially open.

City leaders gathered at the Bank Street Market on Saturday morning to cut the ribbon for the $5.5 million renovation and expansion.

The new site includes 160 retail spaces, new bathrooms, improved accessibility for wheelchair users and larger paved parking spaces on either side of the market.

City leaders congratulated the donors who helped make this 75-year-old space improvement possible.

“The City of Kalamazoo is grateful for grants from the Foundation for Excellence, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Consumers Energy Foundation for investing in market revitalization, and it will continue to benefit the community again and again,” said Kalamazoo City Commissioner Qianna Decker.

“In addition to creating access to fresh food, the Farmers Market also boosts our local economy,” said Steve Brown, director of the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence.

“It supports local, mostly family-owned businesses, so the vendors you see here are working every time you come, helping you serve you fresh food, giving you their crafts and any other products they have,” Brown said.

The second phase of the project, which will include a 9,000 square foot event building, is expected to be completed by 2024.

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