Committee focuses on 3 possible public market locations
North, east, south side locations could house year-round local food businesses
MADISON, Wis. — Monday night the city’s Local Food Committee decided to focus on three possible locations for a public market.
Locations being considered include one on the north side at Northport Drive and North Sherman Avenue, on the east side at East Washington Avenue and First Street, and on the south side at the former site of Thorstad Chevrolet on Park Street.
The public market would be an indoor, year round facility that supports local food businesses.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin likes the final locations enough to consider more than one.
“They all have their own individual advantages, which is why they made the short list, but there’s one thing I think we have to remember that I think is kind of exciting — there is no rule that says you can’t have more than one public market,” Soglin said.
He said they would pick one of these sites first, but could develop another later.
The city has set aside $3.5 million in the budget to acquire the land for Madison’s Public Market.