When it comes to the market, Loebsack said, "I'll talk it up!"
He told the Courier he's seen other communities get the ball rolling in an area with a good, local idea. So is this the kind of venture that can snowball into a larger movement that can bring life to a previously forgotten area?
"It can," he said. "It's up to the community; enough people have to come and support it."
Loebsack helped organizers get funding for a part of the project.
Brad Little, of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, had, when pledging support for the idea, said Market on Main can be a launching pad for further development.
“Sometimes projects like this are about more than the structure of a building," Little said when construction was just starting more than the nuts and bolts. They can be a symbol.”
News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark