Rockford's City Market is a summer treat, bringing tens of thousands of people downtown. Organizers want to make it available to residents year-round, no matter what the weather.
Almost every Friday in the summer, people enjoy music, food and family fun at the City Market, but imagine a climate-controlled space with all the same vendors you love every week of the year. This is not a new concept in the Forest City. Organizers have put on temporary indoor markets off and on, encouraging residents to shop local. Right now, Rock River Development Partnership Board members are looking at 114, 116 and 118 North Madison Street for the indoor market. That's a single building right next to the outdoor city market location. The RRDP has checked out regional cities like Quincy and Milwaukee that have their own markets inside to get ideas.
Project leaders have created a Phase One for Architecture and Engineering of the building on North Madison. That's set to start next week. Board Chairman Peter Provenzano hopes to have the indoor market up and running by Fall 2014.
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