Public Opinion Sought For Hartford Regional Market Master Plan

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The state is seeking public opinion on what should be included in the master plan of redevelopment for the Hartford regional market.

Flowers displayed for sale at the Hartford Regional Market. Digital Photo by Richard Messina  | rmessina@courant.com

Flowers displayed for sale at the Hartford Regional Market. Digital Photo by Richard Messina | rmessina@courant.com

An online survey has been posted at www.CTGrown.gov under “featured links” and feedback will be collected through Dec. 4.

The state departments of agriculture and administrative services said they are collecting feedback to ensure the needs of consumers are met.

The 32-acre, state-owned market includes 230,000 square feet of collecting, processing and distribution space and an active railroad spur. The market has Connecticut’s only wholesale farmers’ market, a 144-stall, open-air, year-round public marketplace. The market supports 450 jobs and $165 million in annual gross sales to the state’s economy.

The state has selected Market Ventures, Inc. of Portland, Maine to develop the master plan, along with local consultants S/L/A/M Collaborative, Milone & MacBroom and Vanderweil Engineers.

The market as now designed dates from the 1940s.

“The time is ripe to not just repair but revolutionize the facility so it may serve current and future needs of our dynamic farm and food system and expand its contributions to the area’s economy and workforce,” Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said.

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