The Ottumwa Courier

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February 2, 2013

Market on Main director named

Details of layout, vendor participation coming together in downtown marketplace




Finalizing the details

As you enter through the door at the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets, you will walk into the retail area, according to the layout design of the marketplace.

Farther west will be an outdoor courtyard, located where there is currently an open lot next to the building. This will be used for outdoor events, to herb garden and a music venue.

Near the back of the building on the east side will be the static market and vendors, mobile vendors and cafe and educational kitchen.

In the northwest corner of the building, patrons will find a prep area, including a commercial kitchen, as well as restrooms and other office and storage space.

Haas hopes the marketplace will provide an opportunity for area vendors to produce more in a bigger market. There are around 70 vendors in the 12-county area, she said, “many of whom aren’t currently selling in the Ottumwa area.

“So if we attract more of those to our area, that would be great for the entire community,” she said.

Haas hopes the marketplace will be open by November or December, though there is not as much fresh produce in the fall and winter.

“But Tenco is producing tomatoes and cucumbers right now, so that’s something we would maybe be able to work with them,” Haas said.

The marketplace will definitely be open by April 2014, the original slated open date, for the fresh produce that will begin flooding in.

The marketplace is currently housed under the nonprofit organization Ottumwa Property and Redevelopment Company and will continue as such for seven years. At that point, Market on Main will become its own nonprofit organization.

Construction has not yet begun on the inside, Haas said, since it still needs to be cleaned out and demolition needs to begin. Once a “shell” is established, she said it will move fairly fast and the components will be mobile.

“We’re anxious to get the windows in so people can see, but that’s not the first thing that gets done,” Haas said. “It’s a great opportunity for our community to have this market. It will be a great thing for the corner of Jefferson and Main to help have an entrance to our Main Street area.”

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