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Market Building Renovation


Significance of the City Market Building

The City Market Building, one of Roanoke’s historic and iconic structures, anchors the downtown area as well as enhances the Roanoke region in a number of ways. For instance, its historic significance draws visitors to one of very few remaining market houses in the country. In addition, the Market Building allows opportunities for the region’s local food economy and for locally owned and operated businesses, while increasing food purchase opportunities for Roanoke Region residents. And it supports business opportunities for entrepreneurs and increases growth of existing businesses. Furthermore, the Market Building serves as a catalyst for continued downtown revitalization.

Why Renovate?

While the model developed in 1983 for use of the Market Building was successful for many years, successful residential and business development in our downtown in recent years demands a new, forward-thinking concept for this facility that addresses current needs and allows for future possibilities. Renovation of the building will not only provide a better function, appearance, and utilization of the structure, but will restore the historic character of the City Market Building and utilize it to its full potential, including the third floor assembly hall.

Our Goal

To restore the City Market Building to its former prominence while upgrading infrastructure and amenities to create a centerpiece for the vibrant future of our downtown and region.