Madison Public Market Board considers community’s opinion on designs for forthcoming market

The Madison Public Market Board considered the community’s input on design options for the Madison Public Market at the board’s public information meeting Thursday.

After years of planning, the market is set to open in fall 2021, but before plans are finalized, officials want the community’s opinion. MSR Design presented its ideas to the public in Thursday’s meeting.

“The community support is vibrant,” said Jammal Stricklin, chairman of the board.

The Madison Public Market will host around 30 permanent vendors, who will sell locally made food and art. At the market’s 200 North First Street location, in the city’s soon-to-be empty Fleet Services Building, space for community and private events will be available, in addition to the space for vendors.

“The idea is that if you have a wedding reception, you can have it in that area,” Stricklin said. “If you have a food cart night, we have large ceilings and overhead garage doors that trucks can just drive right in and populate that area and kind of make it like an outdoor-indoor feel.”

Stricklin described the interior design plan as “industrial retro.” He said the market will preserve the Fleet Services Building, but it will have modern amenities.

Some of those amenities include bike and pedestrian access to the market, as well as gender-neutral bathrooms.

Officials at the meeting said the market will invoke a welcoming environment and plan for a diverse range of cuisines. According to Stricklin, the board wants to tear down barriers in the food industry by hosting vendors who identify as female, people of color and/or first generation immigrants.

Alder Syed Abbas, District 12, said the market is about community.

“Food is a source to bring everyone together,” Abbas said.

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