Created: May 12, 2021 07:36 AM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - The Austin City Council recently approved a permanent home for a farmers market in Austin.
The new space is located just south of the historic Terp Ballroom.
"There hasn't been something here for so long because it has been flooded," said Austin City Councilman Jason Baskin.
Flooding from the Cedar River has made it impossible to keep large buildings on this vacant lot in Austin, but that does not mean the space can't be used for something.
The empty lot will be the new home of the Cedar River Farmers Market. Thanks to Impact Austin and the City Council, it will soon be transformed to host a community experience for everyone in the area.
"The community has been the one that has put together so much of the work that there is no reason for us to stand in the way; in fact, we should do nothing but encouraging these types of things," said Baskin.
Impact Austin has worked with the community to figure out what they want the space to look like and what it will have.
"They wanted more local access to local foods, they wanted a place for gathering, they wanted entertainment and food trucks," said Co-chair of Impact Austin, Natosha Walsh.
Impact Austin received about $12,000 from the University of Minnesota to help create some designs for future permanent structures.
"We worked with them and engaged the community last fall to create those designs so that they were a community-led project or design for what the site would look like. So we were going to use those architectural designs then to pursue the additional funding to build the structures," said Coordinator of Impact Austin, Mary Anne Duren.
The funds to build the structures are estimated to be about $2.5 million, but they were unable to get them for this summer. However, with plans already approved, they decided to still open this summer.
"We can still build the market on site now even without the structures and have all the market vendors bring their tents and canopies until we are able to raise the funds necessary to build the structure," said Duren.
Organizers said the Cedar River Farmers Market will be a place to connect people to local produce and grow an experience for the community.
Impact Austin is still working on getting funding for the structures through state funding and local organizations.
Impact Austin is looking for vendors for the market within a 125-mile radius of Austin. Find out more here.
The first day of the farmers market is June 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. and runs every Friday until October 15.
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