At groundbreaking, Rawlings hails Dallas Farmers Market’s $65-million makeover one of Dallas’ ‘best ideas’ ever

Mayor Mike Rawlings broke ground on the new Dallas Farmers Market redevelopment, just nine months after developers purchased the market from the City.

The $65 million upgrade will be funded through a public-private partnership, with a $15 million grant from the Farmers Market Tax Increment Finance District. Work has already begun. The kiosk that once housed La Marketa Cafe in Cesar Chavez Plaza has been razed. Shed one is now emptied and fenced off, with tenants moved to Shed three, which is no longer open to car parking. Shed three should reopen by mid-June. Soon after, the enclosed, air-conditoned Shed 2 will close for rennovation, to reopen in October with four new anchor eateries. Also around June, Sheds 3 and 4 will be razed for 240 apartments with ground-floor retail and 300 public parking spaces.

The project has begun just in time. Spring and summer are the market’s busiest seasons.

Other plans for the 15-acre project include 60 additional residential units and 25,000 square feet of retail planned on Taylor Street, site of three warehouses and former restaurants that will be demolished in coming months. A restaurant and yoga studio are also under construction in the remnants of a historic building and the LSG Lofts, once Lone Star Gas’ sprawling, ornate headquarters. The Farmers Market is now surrounded by newly constructed town homes, most of which were sold before completion. The southeast area of downtown is becoming quite a destination.

Source: Dallas Morning News, March 28, 2014.
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