City of Independence breaks ground on new Uptown Market
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The City of Independence today broke ground on the Uptown Market, a permanent Farmers Market structure at 201 W. Truman Road. The $3.3 million project will begin construction next week, and the two structures, one enclosed and one open-air, are estimated to be completed mid-summer.
“From concept to groundbreaking in less than 365 days, we could not be more excited about the Uptown Market and what it means for our community,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “This project was made possible because of the support of our community and business leaders working with the City to find creative solutions. We look forward to the grand opening later this year.”
Mayor Weir was joined by her fellow councilmembers as well as leadership from the Independence Rotary Club, Independence Chamber of Commerce and Independence Council for Economic Development. The Rotary Club presented a symbolic check of $312,365, the total money raised through their annual Mardi Gras event this year.
“Last summer our leadership looked at what was coming up for our City and how we could help. The Farmers Market project rose to the top of the list, and we are so pleased to announce the total money we have been able to raise for this great effort,” Independence Rotary President Ilene Shehan said. “We had more than 500 attendees last weekend at the Mardi Gras event, and the excitement for the future of our City was palpable. There is so much forward momentum right now, and we are honored to be part of that.”
In recognition of the Rotary’s contribution, a Rotary Plaza will be incorporated into the final Uptown Market space.
Citizens should note that, throughout the construction of the market, the parking lots at 201 W. Truman will be closed. Look for updates on the progress of the project on the City’s social media pages in the months to come.
City Manager Zach Walker welcomes community leaders and citizens to the Farmers Market groundbreaking on Feb. 27, 2018.
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir thanks the community for their support of the Farmers Market Project at the groundbreaking on Feb. 27, 2018.
Independence Rotary Club President Ilene Shehan with the help of Tom Waters and Brad Speaks present Mayor Weir with a symbolic check for $312,365 representing the funds the club raised toward the market project.
City of Independence Council Members, community leaders, staff, and project leaders celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Farmers Market on Feb. 27, 2018.