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Renovations annouced for Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Renovations are coming for the Fulton Street Farmers Market.

Tuesday the Midtown Neighborhood Association unveiled plans for sweeping changes to the market's infrastructure.

Planners say the biggest change is a permanent open-air canopy, including a small building allowing venders to sell their goods year-round, and wheel-chair accessible bathrooms.

They also say the new plans will include better entrance and exit routes, making it easier for venders and the public to traverse the single-lane marketplace.

Construction is set to begin in November and wrap-up by April before the market re-opens for the public.

A total cost for the renovations has yet to be announced, but Project Manager Christine Helms-Malatic says the estimate is around $3 million.

"For five years, we've been planning for these improvements," said Helms-Malatic. "It's taken a long time because we've been very careful to get input and we just think we've got fabulous plans. "We're very excited to move forward with them."

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