- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Saginaw project that includes a new outdoor farmers market and a year-round indoor market is getting a $1 million boost from the state, officials said.

The funding for the Saginaw Downtown Development Authority will help officials address potential contamination at two downtown locations, including former offices for The Saginaw News and an ex-Firestone Tire site, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced.

The grant will pay for investigations to determine the extent of contamination, disposal of contaminated soil, capping, and partial building demolition.

SVRC Industries, a nonprofit that provides services including access to job training and placement, plans to invest more than $8 million in construction and asbestos abatement, the DEQ said. The state said the project is expected to create about two dozen jobs, including some for SVRC clients.

The existing outdoor Downtown Saginaw Farmers’ Market is being relocated in 2016. Volunteers earlier this year raised the market’s large blue-and-white striped tents on a vacant lot where the market has made its seasonal home. The market is running there this summer.

“We are really looking forward to the move and having the opportunity to offer our patrons and visitors to the area a new location where they don’t have to trip over tent stakes and tent lines,” Shelley McGeathy, executive director of the Downtown Saginaw Farmers’ Market, told The Saginaw News.

The former newspaper building will host the indoor market as well as commercial kitchen space, a ballroom, conference space and offices. That market is also expected to open in 2016 and McGeathy said the year-round market will “showcase the very best this area has to offer.”




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