Thursday, April 11, 2013

Downtown public market still on the way

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The last time we checked in on the proposed downtown marketplace, now being referred to as the Colorado Springs Public Market Downtown Project, the whole affair remained very much in the pre-planning and discussion phase.

Now, some three and half months later, there's not too much to update, and according to a newsletter sent out earlier this week, "we're late, we're late ... because a series of key activities has taken precedence since the last Task Force gathering."

In case you haven't signed up to receive newsletters on the project, this was the key update:

In December 2012, the Task Force met to brainstorm approaches to:
(1) Determining governance and business model
(2) Fund-raising and partnership alternatives
(3) Location variables
(4) Identifying vendors and for soliciting interest

In January 2013, a steering committee of 14 committed volunteers was formed that meet weekly to move the Public Market Project forward.

The market that emerges will be better and more diverse than any one of us could have expected, but the effort to define the product is inevitably non-linear. That all involved are volunteers, contributing many hours of valuable time, speaks volumes to the importance of this initiative.

Colorado Springs Public Market

In addition, here's a new profile which identifies the goals of the endeavor as well as the key players behind it: CSPublicMarket_Profile.pdf

Note in the bottom of that flier that the timeline mentions construction beginning "as early as Fall 2013" — which is a little more clear of an answer as to the "when?" question.

If you care to help speed up the project's eventual opening, one way to do so would be with a monetary donation via the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

PPCF is of course also trying to raise funds to save Venetucci Farm presently as well as raise a new barn on property.

So let's hope for an abundance of generosity from the larger community.

As for staying involved with the public market planning, check back on the market's website for time and location announcements for meetings on Thursday, April 25 and either May 9 or 10, tentatively.

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