Fundraising campaign begins for new farmers market site

By: 
MEGAN LINSKI

A new market will be located on Evans Street between Logan and Shawnee Streets. Photo by Jim Lincoln.

The Market on Evans, formerly the Tecumseh Farmers Market, opens the season on May 14 at a new location on North Evans Street between Logan and Shawnee Streets.

The city launched a crowd funding campaign on May 1 to support renovations on the property. The campaign was closing in on $9,000 of its $20,000 goal as of Wednesday, May 4. If the goal is reached, a matching $20,000 grant will be issued by the Michigan Economic Devleopment Corporation (MEDC).

The campaign runs through Patronicity, found on the Internet at www.patronicity.com The Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the MEDC collaborate with an initiative by the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity to raise funds for community projects. Communities apply for a Patronicity crowd funding online campaign by submitting projects.

The grant will match 100 percent of all funds raised through this campaign for the Market on Evans, but only if the goal of $20,000 is raised by June 10.

The main purpose for The Market on Evans is to create a vibrant gathering public space that will draw the attention of residents and visitors to downtown Tecumseh and provide convenient access to local goods, according to a press release from the city.

Patronicity specializes in raising funds for place-making projects, which are initiatives that create vibrant downtown areas and gathering spaces in order to attract new residents to the area.

Improvements that still need to be made to the property include removing the south facing wall on the building, repairing the roof, power washing and painting. These improvements are estimated to cost $17,400. Additional improvements include landscaping, lighting, signage and a mural. These extra costs could total $40,000.

The property at The Market on Evans would be used for Tecumseh’s farmers market. Produce and baked goods are currently offered at the farmers market. Vendors who sell antiques, collectibles and crafters could be added to the farmers market in the future.

“This project is part of a larger plan to improve the Evans Street corridor, and we believe this will be the catalyst for future public and private investments,” city manager Dan Swallow said.

“Active markets with access to locally grown and produced goods are amenities that more and more people are seeking out, and we are confident this project will help attract people to our community,” Swallow said.

Contributions can be made by check to The City of Tecumseh, and sent to 309 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh, MI, 49286. Patrons can also donate online at https://www.patronicity.-com/project/the_market_on_evans.

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