The summertime renovations of the Farmers' Market's downtown location has not been without controversy; many of the downtown businesses have been irked by the inconvenience and loss of foot traffic, while I've heard from some people that new locale in the arena at Exhibition Park is an improvement over the the old Gordon Street building. But whether you like the Exhibition Park locale or not, one thing is certain, and that's the Farmers' Market will be heading back downtown to its renovation digs next month, and the City of Guelph today put out an update on the constriction.
Guelph, ON, August 13, 2013 – The City has finalized a construction schedule with Stahle Construction to complete much-needed renovations at the Guelph Farmers’ Market building.
Stahle Construction started on site construction at 2 Gordon Street on Thursday, July 25. The contractor will work with the City to complete the renovations by the week of September 9.
The Farmers’ Market vendors are scheduled to move back to Gordon Street in early September, with the first Saturday market to be held at the renovated venue on Saturday, September 14.
“Staff has prepared a contingency plan for the project,” explained Colleen Clack, interim executive director of Community and Social Services. “We will be putting ice in at Victoria Road Recreation Centre earlier than usual so that market vendors can remain at Exhibition Park Arena until construction is complete at 2 Gordon Street. Further, it will accommodate skating and hockey organizations who would typically use Exhibition Park Arena in mid-September.”
The tender for mechanical work was awarded to Beitz Construction Innovations. Beitz started on site construction of the underground sanitary system on Friday, July 12.
Read more about the Farmers’ Market Renovation and Relocation Project.