Update: Here are the artist’s renderings of what the new designs will look like. Sketches by Clark-Nexsen are courtesy of Roanoke City Market Building director Sara Guerry. Click each image to make it larger.
Click “Read More” to see the press release that explains this change in full detail.
This just in from Roanoke City Market Building Director Sara Guerry:
###Roanoke, VA– The Market Building Foundation, Inc. and Hall Associates, Inc. are pleased to announce a new plan for the first floor common area of the City Market Building. The four retail ‘kiosk’ spaces on the first floor will be removed and replaced with flexible seating/ stage modules that will also include live trees and shrubs.
Designed by Roanoke design firm Clark- Nexsen, these changes will add much needed vibrancy and life to the building. Additionally, they will open up the floor space for seating and traffic flow, as well as add an opportunity for live acoustic music during the lunch and dinner hours.
In addition to changing the kiosks into seating and staging, two more kitchens will be added on the Market St. side to increase dining options as well as recoup the rental that the kiosk spaces were intended to generate. These kitchens will be smaller than the original eight and will be more geared toward small fare with the potential for walkup grab-and-go service from the outside doors.
While the Board has approved moving forward with this project, the final plans and permits still need to be put into place before construction begins. Doug Waters, Market Building Foundation, Inc. Board Chairman, said, “We have worked hard to realize the vision that our architects and several previous planners had for the center of the Market Building, but have
concluded that what looks good in a drawing does not always work so well in real life. With our planned changes, we believe that the lively heart of the Market Building will be unleashed at the same time we expand the array of cuisines and retail that our patrons are enjoying.” ###
So, what do you guys think? Do you like this idea better than the kiosks?