Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Farmers Market in Soulard would get new wiring, plumbing, signs and paint — under a plan that’s the subject of a public hearing next week.

Neighborhood Alderman, Phyllis Young is spearheading an effort to raise about $10 million to modernize the old market.

“Paint conditions, stands, stalls, cleanliness, those sorts of thing,” Young says. “There is no plumbing that runs to each of the stalls down there. We’re looking at putting in plumbing.”

Young says the $10 to $12 million plan would be paid for through fund-raising, grants, and possibly a tax increase.

“We’re looking at segregating the electrical systems so that each stall controls their electrical system. We’re looking at lighting upgrades,” Young says. “We’re looking at how to climate control it to some better degree than we have at this point.”

But, will this cost customers more for a bag of tomatoes?

Young says at this point they have no information to tell them one way or another.

“The goal is to keep the prices low, but to increase the number of shoppers so that the volume and revenue actually go up as a result of that,” Young says.

Young says the goal is to maintain the old-world charm. The plans will be revealed at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 27 at the 9th Street Abbey from five to seven in the evening.


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