Construction of new Flint Farmers Market on schedule for June opening

FLINT, MI — Flint Farmers’ Market officials say they’re on track to hit their target opening date of June 21 for the new market location downtown.

“They’ve got crews doing a little bit of everything. Everywhere you look, they’re doing something different,” said Karianne Martus, one of the market’s managers.

Inside, the various spaces for vendors and community rooms — more than 50 — are either walled off with steel studs or being dry-walled. Ducts for the ventilation system for the demonstration kitchen, a place where local chefs will teach classes, sit ready to be installed. Outside, a long concrete slab with steel footings has been poured where the outdoor vendor area will be.

The new market will be the home for vendors that will include restaurants, meat markets, boutiques, grocers, farmers, and others. (Check out the full roster of vendors here.)

Market officials originally hoped to have the market open sometime in May, but lingering frost in the ground caused construction outside to halt.

Martus said that vendors will be able to take their first tour inside the facility in early May.

“They’ll be able to actually stand in their spaces and take stock of what their next steps are,” Martus said, adding that vendors will be able to start building out their own areas in mid-May.

Original article by Scott Atkinson for MLive.
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