The historic La Marqueta open-air events and retail space located under the Park Avenue viaduct at 115th Street will be getting a well-needed makeover.
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Friends of La Marquets (FOLM), the Vendor Association, and Market Partners will team up and put forth a plan for the multi-million dollar renovation project which will keep the integrity and cultural heritage of the space.
The La Marqueta redevelopment includes eight lots, 10,000 square-feet each. The current plan could include Event Space in Lot 1 ~ well-needed Incubator Parking in Lot 2 ~ the Incubator Center in Lot 3 ~ Public Retail Market and the Hot Bread Kitchen in Lot 4 ~ La Placita in Lot 5 ~ Urban Garden Center in Lot 6 and 7 ~ and Parking in Lot 8.
The conceptual plan would relocate Urban Garden Center from Lot 6 to Lot 1, offering more floor-to-ceiling clearance, largely outdoor space, with some partially-indoor areas for the nursery and a cafe with seating!
The renovations to LaPlacita started in June 2018 and include exterior recladding, new stairways and railings, new restrooms, overhead radiant heaters, a new concession stand, retractable bleachers and stage, and improved lighting and entrances. The anticipated completion date is this Winter, 2018.
Lots 3 and 4 will be retrofitted to accommodate production kitchens and small vendor booths with adjoining seating areas. The kitchens will continue to incubate emerging businesses in El Barrio. Lot 6 will house a new public market and offer fresh produce, grocery items, prepared foods, and public seating in a food hall environment. Local vendors and restaurateurs will be featured side by side along a continuous counter. Lot 7 is set to host public outdoor weekend farmers’ markets.
Now that funds for this renovation have been secured, the next step will be to move from the concept phase to the design phase, which could begin by the Fall of 2019, with groundbreaking anticipated by the Winter of 2020.
In the meantime, there’s a lot going on inside La Marqueta. Follow on Facebook for news on Movie Nights and more.
A beautifully detailed brochure with more information is available at La Marqueta, located on Park Avenue at 115th Street. Stay tuned for updates.
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