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April 27, 2013

Council to inspect plans for Market on Main

OTTUMWA — It's time to plunge into the details of downtown Ottumwa's new marketplace, Market on Main.

At the City Council work session Monday, Market on Main Director Heather Ware will discuss the plans and specifications for the rehabilitation of the marketplace's home, 327 and 331 E. Main St.

"We are taking what we think are going to be our final drawings for construction to City Council," Ware said. "They'll look over them, then approve them. If they do that, we'll then open it up for bids next week. The lowest qualified bidding person gets the project."

Ware said there will likely be some competition in the bidding process.

"I've had quite a few different people interested in it, wanting to know when the documents were going to be there," she said. "I've had people seek me out to ask about it, which is promising."

Hopefully, she said, there will be competition between local contractors, though in the end, the lowest bid will be accepted, whether or not it's local.

Fundraising continues to move forward.

"We're getting closer and closer in terms of having 100 percent everything there," she said. "A couple of grants are in the works for some extra projects. The more we can fundraise, the more we can do with the commercial and educational kitchens and different ways to get the community involved in what we're doing."

She will bring designs with her Monday night to show how the space will be used, both indoors and in the outdoor Green Space.

"And hopefully later in May or early June we'll start having people actually be able to apply to be vendors," she said. "That way we'll know when we're open in December that the food is going to be there."

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