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Public Market makes renovations

Rochester, N.Y. -- In 2010, the Rochester Public Market was voted the best in America, but now city officials said the market, which first opened in 1905, is due for a makeover.

The City of Rochester said renovations will cost $6.5 million.

The plan called for tearing down the indoor market and eateries next door and rebuilding them.

Jim Farr, the city's assistant recreation director, said the new building will have wider aisles and give vendors the option to create products at the market.

An additional restroom will also be added, as well as additional outdoor spaces. While renovation is underway, the extra outdoor space will be temporarily covered for the indoor vendors.

"Part of what we want to do here is really improve everything, and really bring everything up to date, but not really destroy the character of the place, said Jim Farr, City of Rochester Assistant Director of Recreation. It's a very special place to a lot of people and we want to make sure that we keep it that way."

Farr said renovations can begin as early as this fall. The City has secured about half of the money from city funds and grants, and said they are still strategizing for the rest.

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