Pittsburgh Public Market to move to larger space

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The Pittsburgh Public Market will move from the Strip District's historic produce terminal on Smallman Street to 2401 Penn Ave. this summer.

The new location, also in the Strip, will allow the market, which has operated out of the terminal since its opening in 2010, to double its space and add amenities such as air conditioning, heating, and restrooms. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office announced the move today; no date was given for the relocation.

In January, the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority board approved a grant not to exceed $40,000 to help with the relocation. The new address was not disclosed then, pending the completion of lease negotiations.

"The Pittsburgh Public Market's move further up Penn Avenue will make the corridor more walkable and attractive to pedestrians and shoppers, and will further expand the business district," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said in a statement.

Becky Rodgers, executive director of Neighbors in the Strip, which owns the market, called the new Penn Avenue site a "great location for us."

She said it will help to expand the Strip and provide more space for merchants and for activities such as cooking. It also will help new businesses that have emerged in the Strip beyond 22nd Street.

"There's a lot of new development happening along the riverfront. I think this gives attention to Penn Avenue while incubating and creating those new businesses," she said.

Ms. Rodgers said in January that the market was not being pushed out of the terminal, a third of which is being demolished to make way for an office and residential development being proposed by the Buncher Company.

The market is home to more than 30 merchants.

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Mark Belko: mbelko@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1262. First Published March 6, 2013 12:30 AM


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