Pavilion for Farmers’ Market still in the works

Published 8:52 pm Saturday, July 29, 2017

When the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market opens next summer at the corner of Washington and Jackson streets, the vendors will be able to sell their wares under a roof.

“We will have everything ready to have the pavilion for the farmers’ market built by next season,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said.

The pavilion was one of several projects proposed in the first $9 million draw of an $18 million capital improvements bond issue, the project was delayed in April 2016 after the initial bids for the building came in over the project’s $550,000 budget, and some of the money was re-allocated to pay for other projects in the bond issue.

It was one of two city pavilion projects. The other was the renovation of the 52-year-old City Park pavilion on Lee Street. That project was completed earlier this year.

Flaggs said the farmers’ market pavilion will be included in the next drawdown from the bond issue, and work is already under way to have the plans ready. He did not say when the project would be ready to go out for bids.

He said representatives from M3A Architecture, the firm hired to design the pavilion, are working with assistant public works director Jeff Richardson to redesign the building in hopes the changes will bring the bids within the project budget.

The mayor has been promoting the farmers’ market pavilion as a multipurpose facility that can be used for downtown events between the fall and summer market seasons.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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