Demolition work began last month on the Eastern Market farmers’ shed — which runs along the markets’ Seventh Street Southeast front — with a new structure expected to be complete sometime in April.
The new 5,225-square-foot shed, which includes a North Hall shed and a South Hall shed, will be 334 feet long.
Construction and demolition on the shed will proceed in stages.
The new $537,000 shed, designed by Heery International, will be both “historically sensitive” and “aesthetically complementary” to the market, according to Aimee Occhetti of the Office of Property Management. A new brick sidewalk along Seventh Street Southeast will likely be put in place later this year.
In related news, the Office of Property Management is in the process of putting together a budget for other infrastructural improvements to the market, including: an electrical upgrade, a new sewer connection, replacement of gutters and downspouts, the installation of a new HVAC system in the building, and the removal of the sidewalk behind the market, running parallel to the Natatorium, among other items.
While emphasizing that completion dates for these projects have yet to be determined, Occhetti said, “Our best case scenario would be to have everything completed by the end of the year.”
— Bree Hocking