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Groundbreaking begins for Saginaw Farmer's Market

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Groundbreaking began Thursday for the new  Saginaw Farmer's Market, located at the site of the former Saginaw News building. 

The ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at 203 S. Washington Ave. in downtown Saginaw. 

The facility includes an in-door and outdoor market for permanent year-round vendors.

The former Saginaw News Building was redeveloped into a 100,000 square foot center, including a three-story marketplace, food processing hub, rental commercial kitchens, business offices, retailers and headquarters for SVRC Industries, Inc.

Design of the farmer’s market encourages walking in downtown.

The project was expected to create 53 jobs.

"It offers us the ability to bring in more vendors. We've had a constant waiting list and this is a chance to bring more to the area," said Shelley McGeathy, executive director of the farmer's market.

The state awarded SVRC Industries more than $3 million to revitalize the building that was dormant since 2009.

"It's exciting to me to see that it'll be filled again with people and people doing good things," said Paul Chaffee, former Saginaw News editor.

City leaders see the new business as a positive thing for Saginaw, hoping it sparks more growth to the downtown area.

"Downtown has seen an explosion of young professionals moving in right across the street. So this opportunity is just a tremendous opportunity for us," Mayor Dennis Browning said.

The outdoor portion of the farmer's market will open in May of 2017. Indoor vendors will move in around August.

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