Hansen agreed, saying the collaboration between different local entities will push the project toward success.
Contractors must complete their work on the 12,000-square-foot building and outdoor green space by Dec. 1, and the marketplace will open around two weeks later. Everything Ware and her volunteers can do in terms of demolition without a contractor has been done, gutting the former "Plum Crazy" building.
"We will be open by Christmas," Ware emphasized.
Ware is also looking for those with landscaping experience to develop the green space directly west of the building, for which the marketplace recently received a $30,000 grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation.
Though more than $1 million has been funneled into the project already, that doesn't mean fundraising is over, Ware said.
"We still have to pay the architects, advertising, vendor booths, kitchen supplies and more," she said.
Ware noted that if people are not sure what to expect at Market on Main, a similar effort was completed in Cedar Rapids in October, the NewBo City Market, and has seen tremendous success.
For more information on Ottumwa's Market on Main, go to www.marketonmainottumwa.com. To take a look at Cedar Rapids' NewBo City Market, go to www.newbocitymarket.com. To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.