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Demolition project underway, revitalizing Mercer Street

PRINCETON, W.Va.(WVVA)- The demolition of three buildings on Mercer Street is the first step towards revitalizing a vacant space into a prosperous business culture, by constructing the Mercer County Farmers Market.

City Manager Mike Webb provided this statement to WVVA about the work to come:

"Once the demolition is finished, our next step will be to get the final design completed and accepted by the Tailgate Farmers Market. After that, we will bid the project out for construction, hopefully in the coming two or three months. Once construction is complete, the Farmers Market community will have a first class site and facilities to hold their tailgate market every Wednesday and Saturday, along with a indoor facility to allow for year round sales in the coming year. A special thanks to Hunnicutt Foundation for helping make this project a reality as well as the cooperative efforts of the Farmers Market and City officials. It’s really been a community effort and we are very close to seeing it come to full fruition." Webb

On Monday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m., the City Council will hold their first ordinance reading to set up a 'Farmers Tailgate Market Committee.' The Ordinance will call for representation from all sides, including the Farmers Market, the Mercer County WVU Extension Agency, the Hunnicutt Foundation, and the city.

Webb says the committee will provide a voice for the Farmers Market and for generations to come.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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