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Starting Monday, June 15, 2020, the Payment Centre, Customer Service & Collections counters located in the lobby of City Hall will open with a limited number of services, view what is available here. The lobby has been modified with the health, safety and well-being of employees and citizens as top priority. The remainder of City Hall remains closed to the public. Our business operations continue to ensure core services for our residents as much as possible. Public transit currently remains operational.

Farmers’ Market Building at River Landing

At a Glance (June 19, 2020)

  • Street Stall Saturdays (an outdoor artisan and farmers’ market operated by Ideas Inc.) will be held on Market Square (Avenue A and 19th Street) and Sonnenschein Way every Saturday, from June 20 to October 10; 9am – 2pm.
  • The City continues to have negotiations with the highest ranked proponent, selected through a public RFP process to lease the Farmers’ Market Building. Once the lease terms are finalized, a public report will be presented to City Council for consideration.
  • The building is currently closed to the public due to roof repairs at the site.

Background

  • City Council has a vision to expand the use and appeal of the Farmers’ Market Building; the direction the City is pursuing is to fully utilize this community asset and animate the facility for six or more days a week including a farmers’ market component.  
  • The Farmers' Market Building is a City owned asset within River Landing. The River Landing Concept Plan calls for a farmers' market component at the site, along with other animation features to make this area a year round destination.

2019 Request for Proposal for the Lease of the Farmers’ Market Building

  • The lease with the previous tenant expired on December 31, 2019.
  • City Council directed the Administration to find a tenant who will fully utilize this community asset and animate the facility for six or more days a week, including a minimum of two days dedicated to a farmers’ market component with a focus on local produce and content.
  • A Request for Proposal (RFP) was released in November and closed late December 2019.
  • A team of City staff from departments relevant to the project evaluated the submissions based on criteria outlined in the RFP.
  • The City is in negotiations with the highest ranked proponent, but cannot yet speak publicly about any details; business discussions are ongoing and confidential.
  • The overall RFP process has been overseen by an external Fairness Monitor.

Farmers’ Market Building Roof Repairs

  • In February 2019, it was discovered that significant repairs were needed to the roof of the Farmers’ Market Building.
  • The roofing contractor is now onsite undertaking the roof replacement project. Dependent on weather and unforeseen delays, the work is expected to be complete by September. 
  • The work has required a full closure of the building, but will not affect Ideas Inc. Street Stall Saturdays operating in Market Square and on Sonnenschein Way from mid-June to mid-October.

Outdoor Market on Market Square

  • During discussions with City Council in 2019, Administration committed to ensuring that Market Square would be animated with an outdoor farmers’ market in 2020. 
  • The City received an application through its regular booking process for Market Square, to be used for a farmers’ market as an extension of Ideas Inc.'s annual Street Stall Saturdays.
  • As there is no building tenant at this time, the City has approved this application, as an interim initiative, in order to meet the commitment to City Council. 
  • Street Stall Saturdays will operate on Market Square and Sonnenschein Way every Saturday from June 20 to October 10; 9am - 2pm.

Frequently Asked Questions​

How many Proposals were received as part of the 2019 RFP for the Lease of the Farmers’ Market Building?

The City is in negotiations with the highest ranked proponent of the RFP and the results can become public knowledge upon Contract award.

When will the future tenant be offered the lease?

The City is in negotiations with the highest ranked proponent of the RFP; once the lease terms are finalized, a report will be presented to City Council for consideration.

Is the future arena going to be located at this site?

There are two vacant parcels of land in the vicinity of the Farmers’ Market Building (currently temporary parking lots).  Since the City owns the parcels, they are being evaluated as a potential site for a new arena and/or convention centre as part of the Downtown Entertainment District.  There are also a number of other sites around the Downtown that are being evaluated as potential sites.  It is expected that the preferred arena location be presented to City Council in 2020, however future construction is some years away.

Will the City rent the Farmers’ Market Building prior to selecting a new tenant?

The City has not chosen a new tenant for the building, so until that time, we cannot rent out the building as we do not know what their plans for it might be.

 
The Farmers’ Market Building Update Report from the Monday, September 30, 2019 City Council Agenda - Regular Business Meeting can be found here.
 
The latest (March 5, 2020) News Release on the Farmer's Market Building can be found here.
 
History of the Farmers' Market Building