The master plan for renovations to the Rochester Public Market has been awarded a Planning Excellence Award by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association in the “Best Practice” category.
The plan for updates to the Rochester Public Market consists of three conceptual phases. The first phase involves construction of a new open shed, enclosing an existing shed and renovating another shed.
The second phase would feature the demolition of the existing restroom structure and the restoration of the exiting Market House, which would anchor a new pedestrian-oriented Market Plaza. The third phase features a proposed new storefront building that could house small-scale food producers and retail shops.
The master plan was created by the City of Rochester and a consultant team led by T.Y. Lin International Group, PLAN Architectural Studio PC and Market Ventures Inc. The year-long planning process consisted of meetings, an economic impact study and input from multiple vendors, customers and surrounding business owners, officials said.
“During the planning process, the design team had a deep appreciation for the fact that the market is a very special public place,” said Jim Farr, director of the Public Market, in a statement. “They have put together a plan which upgrades and expands the market while maintaining the character of the space, and also insures that the market can continue to operate throughout the project.”
Farr said the team is still working to finalize the design and begin construction.
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