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Public market headed for The Granary District?

This article was in the Trib yesterday about a proposed 80,000 square foot public market to be built along 600 South and 500 West, at the tip of The Granary District. The developer hopes that the market becomes a focal point for the city and tourism, like Pike Place Market (pictured below) in Seattle, Washington.

I'm all for public markets, especially locally based farmers markets, but can a project this size, that will apparently cost $30million - $50 million be self sustaining and successful?

In the mean time, the Pioneer Park farmers market and other local produce warehouses along 600 West are successful enough to serve the cities for now. But it would be nice to have something that is patterned after the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco (pictured below).

My only concern is what the costs from the public will be needed to create a public market that is similar to Seattle and San Francisco. What do you think about a large public market?

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Comment by Michael Hathorne on September 8, 2010 at 4:30pm
I think this is a GREAT idea. Another example to look to is the Historic City Market in Kansas City, MO. Here are some pictures:

Comment by BreAnne McConkie on September 8, 2010 at 5:00pm
James, thanks for the post! I missed this in the paper. I think the potential here is amazing! I agree with you though, there is a risk that the public will carry too much of the financial burden. I would love to see this happen in an organic way that honors the city's unique character and history.

I'm sure you've heard of it, but if not check out Vancouver's Granville Island!
Comment by James Alfandre on September 8, 2010 at 6:13pm
Great reference pictures, Mike. If you all get the Trib, there's a picture of what the current building inside looks like in the Utah section and it's actually pretty cool.

Glad to help, BreAnne. I need to check out Granville Island. I also think that there is great potential for something like this here in SLC, I'm just not sure yet what scale would be best.
Comment by Quinn McCallum-Law on March 25, 2011 at 7:54pm
Wow, I know this is old(er) post but granville keeps popping up in my mind too. Great minds think alike Bre:) I do agree I wonder about the scale being an issue. I doubt that it could be sustained by a city of our size. Granville's market supports a city significantly larger and denser in population and its still predominantly a fish and asian market. Although I'm not opposed to this kind of a thing I don't our city's density or population will cover that size at all and could end up being quite the dead zone.


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