Farmers market begins parking expansion project

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published April 6, 2015

 Construction will begin this week to create more parking spaces at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Sidewalk work also will be happening at the market along East 11 Mile Road and Troy Street.

Construction will begin this week to create more parking spaces at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Sidewalk work also will be happening at the market along East 11 Mile Road and Troy Street.

Graphic provided by the City of Royal Oak

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ROYAL OAK — Construction to add about 90 more spaces to the Farmers Market parking lot is expected to begin this week with a target completion date in September.

The $621,904 parking addition is scheduled to be open for vehicles before Labor Day weekend, in time for Arts, Beats & Eats.

City of Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said WCI Contractors Inc. will begin work to extend the existing parking lot at the market, located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road, further south.

City officials said preliminary work would begin this week, with demolition expected later this week or early next week.

Davids said the farmers market and courthouse would be open during the project. She said access to the existing driveways would be maintained, except for the driveway at Hamilton Court, which would be closed permanently.

The expansion will take place on the city-owned property south of East 11 Mile Road, behind the existing south Farmers Market parking lot along East Troy Street, near Third Street, where the municipal skating rink was built during the winter. 

Mayor Jim Ellison said the property was purchased by the city a number of years ago.

“The intent is to do something with the property until someday when we need it,” Ellison said, adding that, in the meantime, the city would have a parking lot until future plans are developed.

Ellison said that having additional parking in that area makes sense, because that corridor was rezoned as a central business district, for which the city is responsible for providing parking.

Ellison said that parcel of property was being left vacant as development or redevelopment of City Hall was being discussed. That plan ceased with the sudden death of a local developer who was creating plans for the property at no expense to the city.

Davids said that in addition to the parking lot expansion, work along South Troy Street and East 11 Mile Road will be performed to improve sidewalks.

Marking for that project has begun.

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