First there came the Roanoke City Market Building project, a multimillion dollar rehab of the market area’s jewel. While it was underway, the market area was a mess.
Depending on your perspective, that either vastly improved the aging food court or it robbed the place of its character and soul. It pushed out some longtime and popular tenants, but now we have some new (and good) ones.
During that came an underground gas lines upgrade. That discouraged even more foot and car traffic for awhile, adding greater hiccups and stress to Market Area businesses and vendors.
Next came the Center in the Square project. That building has been mostly empty since 2011, and the work there has pushed around a bunch of the market’s indoor and outdoor tenants. It should be done by May.
With all they’ve had to put up with in recent years, the business folk who rely on the market for their livelihoods have been eagerly awaiting the end to 2-1/2 years of disruptions. But they’re finding out finality can be an elusive thing.
Now another project’s on the horizon, with a new scope and schedule that will exacerbate the disruptions and drag the work out for even longer, during spring and early summer, their high season.
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