Troy farmers market again eyes 1MSQ as ‘permanent home space’

Troy farmers market again eyes 1MSQ as ‘permanent home space’

The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which on Saturdays occupies Monument Square or the Troy Atrium, depending on the season, believes the long-empty former site of city hall at One Monument Square “is the perfect location” for a “permanent home space,” according to recent posts by the nonprofit on Instagram and Facebook and remarks by the market’s manager on WOOC 105.3 FM.

The market, which has operated for nearly two decades in the Collar City, wants its fans to attend the consultant-led design workshop regarding the future of the city-owned parcel next week to voice their support.

“With a permanent home at One Monument Square, we can grow even bigger, attract more visitors and vendors, and shine an even greater spotlight on this city we love,” the market’s social media statement says. “We believe we have been a major catalyst of the Troy renaissance, and continue to be a positive driver for the city.”

Asked by WOOC about the market’s specific vision for the site, market manager Liz Comitale said the organization “would love a flexible space” that includes parking and public green space, but “in terms of more of the finer details, what the building would look like, we’re really defaulting to this [upcoming] charrette process.”

The market backed out of a previous proposal for the site in 2015, which augured the collapse of the development team’s plans the following year. The next and most recent proposal for the site—a luxury movie theater project backed by Bonacio Construction and Bow Tie Cinemas—fell apart last fall. (The farmers market wasn’t involved in the multiplex proposal.)

The first day of the One Monument Square design charrette, on June 18, begins at 4:30 P.M. and involves a movie screening intended to serve as a “conversation starter,” according to the mayor’s office. The workshop’s second day, on June 20, starts at 5 P.M. The third and final day, on June 21, starts at 6 P.M. The whole event will take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, at 265 River Street.

“We really need people who believe in the farmers market…to show up” to the charrette, Comitale told The Alt in a brief interview on Tuesday.

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