Farmer's market expansion may affect city traffic - WNEM TV 5

Farmer's market expansion may affect city traffic

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Fresh fruits and veggies, year round.

That's the idea a group called Momentum Midland wants to bring to the city.

“It would have a seasonal outdoor market structure, space for well over a 100 market which is what the market is now. And also an indoor food hall,” said Paul Barbeau.

Barbeau is the executive director of Momentum Midland. He said the current farmers market has simply grown too big for the space.

Plus, a year-round market would attract young professionals to the area.

“So we need to make sure Midland is a place people want to be and want to stay,” Barbeau said. “And that's important, I think these kind of amenities, if you look at places that are really attracting people, they're build on these kinds of amenities.”

The proposed location for the new market is this piece of land on right in between Main and Ellsworth roads.

But not everyone is happy about the proposed location for the farmers market, and that controversy comes from this bridge

Building the new market here would mean reducing part of the Poseyville Bridge from four lanes to two.

“To take the... Destroy the bridge for the farmers market would be like taking it home, throwing out 50 pounds of T-bone steak to make room for one ring of bologna,” said resident Thomas McCann.

Many residents voiced their concern at a meeting with Momentum Midland today saying that the Poseyville Bridge sees thousands of cars every day, and reducing the lanes would cause a major traffic problem.

“We've got the river and the bridge, and that we can't change. But the farmers market, many many locations in the city to take the farmers market,” McCann said.

Barbeau said nothing is finalized yet, and the group will not go forward with the plan if the location would be a problem for the city.

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