Dallas Farmer's Market Redevelopment Plans

Posted by on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 11:05am.

The organic trend has swept the nation by storm and Dallas is hoping to jump on the bandwagon by redeveloping the Dallas City Farmer's Market. Recently the city of Dallas revealed the plan to revamp the area into a million dollar privately owned and operated attraction that will include organic farm produce, restaurants, retail, apartments, beer and community garden, band venue and even small scaled athletic fields! 

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Dallas Farmers Market
Rumors of the redevelopment started last May when The Farmers Market Group submitted their initial proposal to the city. According to the group, redevelopment plans include renovating the Administration building where there are high hopes of brining in culinary institute converting the building into a premier cooking school. Along with the cooking school it is proposed that during the two to three year redevelopment, The Farmers Market Group also plans to demolish Shed 3 and 4 making the area into an apartment complex with first floor retail and restaurants. 

With the high amount of construction and redevelopment, the city has mentioned plans of upgrading sidewalks, streets and parking. Even though the development will now be privately owned, the city will still retain ownership of one piece of the existing market, which is Shed 1, the local farmers produce section. 

It is no secret downtown has expanded on the northern side, but the Farmer’s Market development will continue the growth to the south and eastern sides. Questions of security and safety of citizens have already been raised, but the city also plans to extend police population to the area. 

Before breaking ground, city officials are planning to come to an agreement with The Farmers Market Group during a city council meeting February 27th, in hopes that the group will take ownership by this summer. City documents show the total cost of the project is a projected $64.3 million.

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