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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

City approves new location for Tuesday Farmers’ Market in downtown

March 6, 2013

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The Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market has found a new home for its Tuesday afternoon markets.

City commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night unanimously agreed to allow the market to use the same city-owned parking lot that currently hosts the popular Saturday Farmers' Market. The lot is in the 800 block of Rhode Island Street, although it also can be accessed from New Hampshire Street.

Commissioners heard concerns from some downtown businesses that the Tuesday afternoon market, which will take just under 20 spaces in the parking lot, may create a parking crunch in the area.

But commissioners said they had seen evidence the lot could handle the extra use on a one-day-per week basis during the farmers’ market season.

Commissioners, though, did direct staff members to ask officials at US Bank if public parking could be allowed on Tuesdays in a little-used bank-owned parking lot at the northwest corner of Ninth and Rhode Island. The bank previously had expressed an interest in helping the farmers’ market.

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 1 month ago

^^^^ Looks like we've made a Love Connection ^^^^

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consumer1 1 year, 1 month ago

So many granola's so little milk. Shame.

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cds 1 year, 1 month ago

+1 to lucyjj's response. The Olympia farmers market is a wonderful place and a perfect example of what a farmers market should be like. I'd much rather have my tax dollars going to something like it than a new rec center for KU.

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lucyjj 1 year, 1 month ago

I sure wish we could find a permanent place for a sheltered farmers' market, similar to what can be found in Olympia, WA. It's a very popular place. I'm sure it pays for itself and vendors make money there. In the case of Olympia, it also brings people downtown to shop at the downtown stores or to visit the restaurants on Budd Bay. I like the idea of having the market to the east of downtown north of 9th St. Let's spend some development money in east Lawrence. I would be far more supportive of my tax dollars helping build a permanent farmers' market near downtown rather than some of the other projects we will be paying for in the coming few years at the far fringes of our city, far from most residents.

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consumer1 1 year, 1 month ago

Or, I could point out that for the most part there are tax payers who foot the bill for this parking lot would like to see some sort of accoutability from those who use it without cost to themselves to generate a profit off of their personal business'. would the city allow Wal-Mart to set up a bazarr every saturday of the month? As far as the liability question it is not general at all. Unless the promoter's of this group have/carry liability insurance, the citizen tax payers are liable for injuries on public property. I would love to have someone from the city respond to these questions.

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consumer1 1 year, 1 month ago

Do the marketeers, a. have a sales tax number(s)? b. state license? c. will they be paying the city for the use/cleanup required after each event? d. Do the food product sold here require any type of F.D. A approval? e. Who is liable is someone get's hurt while participating in this event?

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