Phase 2 of the West Side Market parking lot improvement project began this week with the reconfiguration of the Lorain Avenue entrance to the main parking lot. The majority of parking spaces in the main lot will remain available and accessible through Lorain Avenue and Bridge Avenue.
Advance notice signs will be posted to advise which portions of the lot will be off limits. This parking advisory will remain in place until September 1, 2016.
Phase 1 of the project is complete and the Hicks parking lot has been reopened to the public with entry provided off of Bridge Avenue. The West Side Market parking lot improvement project will reconfigure and expand parking at the West Side Market to create 128 additional parking spaces.
Installation of over 40,000 square feet of pervious pavers and new bio-filtration area will aid in reducing stormwater from flowing into the sewer system. The entire project is scheduled for completion by December 1, 2016.
The City of Cleveland announced today that the historic West Side Market will now be open on Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm effective April 1, 2016.
Vendors at the Market will have the option of opening on Sunday, Monday, or both days. “The changes in Market operation hours will allow the Market to be more competitive and reach a broader clientele”, said Director of Public Works Michael Cox. “The city has also conducted a survey of West Side Market vendors and found that more than 100 would be interested in opening on Sundays.”
In addition to the change in the hours of operation, the consolidation of parking lots A and B behind the Market is expected to begin in March with a completion date of December 2016. After completion of the lot consolidation, a small parking fee is expected to be enacted. That fee has not yet been set.
“The consolidation plan will increase parking capacity by more than 100 spaces to make it easier for people to get in and out of the parking lot,” said Chief of Staff Ken Silliman. “While we are looking to improve parking at the Market in the future, we are simultaneously evaluating our best options to maintain an expedient and efficient flow of traffic during lot consolidation.”
City to review all options to achieve integration and improve service
The demand for parking at the West Side Market and in Ohio City in general is at an all-time high and continuing to grow; and the City of Cleveland is taking steps to improve parking amenities and increase the number of parking spaces available by implementing a consolidation plan that will improve and merge Lots A and B behind the West Side Market.
“The consolidation plan will increase parking capacity by more than 100 spaces to make it easier for people to get in and out of the parking lot,” said Director of Public Works Michael Cox. “While we are looking to improve parking at the Market in the future, we are simultaneously evaluating our best options to maintain an expedient and efficient flow of traffic during lot consolidation.”
To date, the City of Cleveland has secured $2.6 million of the total estimated project cost of 3.3 million through general obligation bonds and grants. The City has hired consulting firm Behnke and Associates to begin design work for the consolidated on-grade parking lot and create the appropriate construction documents for bidding while the remaining $700,000 is being secured.
During the design process, the City will be scheduling various meetings with the West Side Market tenants, Ohio City Incorporated, and Ohio City vendors and stakeholders to collect input on transitioning to paid parking for visitors and shoppers, an option the City is strongly considering. Bidding is expected to occur in the late spring or early summer of 2015 with construction possibly beginning as early as the fall of 2015.
“The proposed West Side Market parking lot project presents a solution that meets the financial and capital needs of the City and the demand for parking for all stakeholders,” said Ken Silliman, Chief of Staff for Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The project will reduce cut-through traffic, improve security with new lighting and, with paid parking, should increase turn over, allowing more customers to access parking and shop at the West Side Market.”
The West Side Market WILL be open for business this Thursday, July 3, 2014 before the beginning of the July 4th holiday weekend. All vendors will be present.
The West Side Market will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Days and hours of operation for the rest of this week will be as follows:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, July 3, 2014
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, July 4, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Normal days and hours or operation will return beginning Monday, July 7, 2014.
The West Side Market remains dedicated to exceptional quality of all food and produce offered to our customers. The Market strives to ensure that all food and produce purchased is of a high quality and safe for consumption. An example of our dedication to quality and safety occurred last night during recent severe weather.
Overnight, the Ohio City area experienced a moderate amount of severe weather resulting in branches being displaced and the temporary loss of power in many places including the West Side Market. As a result of the intermittent power failure, the quality of some products in cold-food storage may have been jeopardized.
Immediately this morning our health and safety inspectors arrived at the Market to inspect all vendor coolers and main floor stands for any potential health hazards. Any product that may have been exposed to temperatures of 40 degrees or higher was ordered to be discarded and replaced. Health and safety inspectors will conduct another food inspection this afternoon prior to the Market opening for business on Friday.
This is just one of the many examples that emphasize our commitment to health and safety at the West Side Market. Health and Safety inspectors will continue to regularly inspect all products offered at the Market and provide additional inspections as needed during an irregular event, such as what transpired last night.
Hey, Cleveland! We’re getting excited about the ongoing $1.4 million dollar investment in the West Side Market’s infrastructure and we want to share that excitement with you!
Our next renovation will be to upgrade the sanitary ejection system, or grease traps inside the Market. In order to do so, the Market will have to be closed from April 27 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
The Market will be open on regular hours and days leading up to the April 27 closure and will immediately resume normal hours of operation following completion of the renovation on Friday, May 2, 2014. We are asking the public to please excuse our short absence, while we make this critical upgrade to keep the West Side Market functioning as the premiere public market in the country.
To help spread the word about the improvements going on at the West Side Market, we want you to join us by sharing your photos, facts, and other experiences at the West Side Market through Facebook, Twitter, and Clecityhall.com!
Share your experience at the West Side Market with us on social media…
On Twitter, by following both @CityofCleveland and @WestSideMarket and by using the hashtag #LoveWSM
On the City of Cleveland and West Side Market’s Facebook page!
Or right here on Clecityhall.com!
We look forward to your stories and photos! Don’t forget to shop at the West Side Market on days leading up to the closure on April 27 and during the re-opening on May 2nd!
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.
$1.4 Million Dollar West Side Market Infrastructure Improvements Continue