17th Street Farmers’ Market still incomplete with first major event since reopening on the way

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In November, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market celebrated its grand reopening after being remodeled. This Saturday will be the market’s first big event and there are concerns it could not be ready in time.

The city says the plaza is operational but locals can see there is still work to be done. 

The Richmond Night Market is gearing up for its first season and officials and residents are worried about the 17th Street Farmers’ Market that is still incomplete. 

“We don’t have any permanent seating out here,” said Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association President David Napier. “The water fountains haven’t been turned out yet, there’s a lot of little stuff, but with the construction fencing down, it’s a good day and it’s a good time to start doing stuff.”

The City of Richmond ran out of money to finish the project and is still looking for at least $80,000 to fix up the market. Officials say a number of unknown underground utility issues created the setback. 

“It’s always a money issue,” explained Napier, “but if we can get this done and done right, the amount of money that we’ll kick back into meals tax is gonna be far more than it’s going to take to finish the project.”

One Richmond resident, Iesha Tiller, told 8News she sees the potential the market has and is ready to see the final touches soon. 

“I still feel like there’s more to come. It looks a little bare in some spots,” said Tiller. “I think so many people are looking forward to that part because the farmer’s market has been under construction for so long.” 

The Richmond Night Market kicks off April 13 and will take place every second Saturday of the month from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

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