For generations Cleveland’s West Side Market has offered an authentic and culturally diverse shopping experience. As a cultural destination anchoring the historic Ohio City neighborhood, the Market attracts more than one million shoppers annually. The sights, sounds and smells can transform a Saturday morning shopping trip into a journey around the world. But beyond its foodie allure and historic structure, the West Side Market is a city-owned and operated facility that adds value to our local economy and the surrounding Ohio City neighborhood.
Given its value to the Cleveland community, the City of Cleveland continues to invest in the 101-year-old facility, making needed repairs and improving the infrastructure. Since 2010, the City of Cleveland has invested $3.2 million in the West Side Market. Underway now is $1.4 million worth of work in the public and the vendor restrooms, electrical and plumbing upgrades, and roof and elevator repairs.
The next project to begin is an upgrade of the Market’s sanitary ejection system, or grease trap. Preparations are being made for this work and due to the size of the equipment and the building utility integration required for installation, the West Side Market will be shut down from April 27 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. This timeline will adjust if uncontrollable factors, such as heavy rain, impact construction
This project is critical to market operations and will reduce back-ups of the Market’s plumping in the boiler room as well as improve access for future maintenance.
Other improvements include the following:
- Public Restrooms: Renovation began in December 2013 and should be complete by the end of this month.
- Tenant Restroom: Work will begin on the tenant restrooms when the Public Restrooms reopen.
- Elevators: Repairs are underway to all four elevators.
- Electrical: Staging is in process to upgrade the electrical switchgear, which when complete will improve electrical distribution to the building. Electrical grounding will also be completed.
- Lighting: New energy-efficient LED fixtures have been installed throughout the Market House and the project will be completed by the end of this month. This will result in a brighter illumination of the Guastavino tile vaulted ceiling.
- Exterior: The ADA operator on door repair has been completed. Repair and replacement of WEST SIDE MARKET letters on the south façade is underway. The replacement of the roof membrane and insulation on north and south flat roof areas as well as roof repairs to select areas of Produce Arcade are in progress.
- Mechanical: Currently out to bid is a project to make insulation repairs to glycol lines and the chiller barrel system that operate the Market’s case refrigeration system. When this project gets underway this year, there will be additional closures of the West Side Market.
These improvements were identified as the most critical projects from a 2012 Facility Assessment Study completed by Westlake Reed Leskosky. These improvements are being funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program.