Vendor Bender: Will The City Market Stay Or Go?


For as long as the Charlottesville City Market Saturday extravaganza of local foods and crafts has existed on the City parking lot along Water Street–over 20 years, though the popular outdoor market has actually been around for 35 years– there’s been discussion about relocating it. Earlier this year, a consulting company called Market Ventures, whom the City paid $100,000 to study the possibility of creating a “market district” downtown, presented two possible ideas: keep it in its current location with some design improvement or move it to a lot that could be leased at First and Garrett streets.

But wait. Didn’t the City sponsor a $150,000 design contest to generate ideas for creating a market district in 2007? Didn’t City Council have a big discussion about finding a new home for the City Market back in 2010, during which then-mayor Dave Norris noted that the market “needs and deserves” a permanent location?


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