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Accident causes further delays to 17th Street Farmers Market

ABC8 News reports:
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A driver caused thousands in damage to the 17th Street Farmers Market in downtown Richmond. Police say a vehicle drove on the sidewalk around the closed-off section of the market, causing damage to equipment and portions of the completed renovation project. The damage is estimated to be around $5,000. Neighboring businesses say the damage has also pushed the project back five to 10 days, adding that this is an on-going problem. Renovations to the market began last August.
See some of the conversation happening on Reddit.

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Kate Stromberg
Kate Stromberg 07/19/2018 at 3:02 PM

Come on…

Emily Klinedinst
Emily Klinedinst 07/19/2018 at 3:28 PM

The Former 17th St. Market

Jean Paul Martucci Sena
Jean Paul Martucci Sena 07/19/2018 at 5:48 PM

Lol farmers market 2025 here we go!

Kay 07/19/2018 at 6:59 PM

Whoever is running this project should be promptly fired!

Ben Steelman
Ben Steelman 07/19/2018 at 7:23 PM

Lmfao this is never going to end

Andrew Lester
Andrew Lester 07/19/2018 at 8:38 PM

Nope. Also – are there plans somewhere that show what the project should look like when finished?

Ben Steelman
Ben Steelman 07/19/2018 at 9:12 PM

Andrew Lester nope, they’re just kinda winging it as they go

Ben Steelman
Ben Steelman 07/19/2018 at 11:26 PM

Yael Kern I mean I can play SimCity too

Va. Gent 07/19/2018 at 9:37 PM

I may be somewhat off, but I cannot help but notice that in a little more than two years,a 6 story building at 6th and Cary has been demolished and a 20+ story building for Dominion Energy nears completion. Similar scenario with the new dorms for VCU across from Monroe Park. What we get is a concrete slab killing businesses? It speaks volumes that there is not a soul doing anything in the photo.

Jessica Shook
Jessica Shook 07/20/2018 at 5:11 AM

Related: I’m worried about the terracotta bull heads from the marketplace. Those things date back at least 140 years to the original meat vendors at one of the three original city marketplaces.

Liz 07/20/2018 at 6:35 AM

@ #4 – I heartily agree!

Johnathan 07/20/2018 at 8:08 AM

This was my favorite part from the linked article. “Officials hope to complete the project before Richmond hosts the UCI Road World Championships in 2015,..”

Lynn Rudock Fibbiani
Lynn Rudock Fibbiani 07/20/2018 at 8:34 AM

They should have left it alone. Money spent needlessly.

Liz 07/20/2018 at 8:53 AM

I like the concept of what(hopefully) will be the end result but obviously is (was) some very poor planning.

Mary Field 07/21/2018 at 9:36 AM

Beautiful, sleek reddish brown dog running towards Jefferson park. 9:30

Jake Corfield 07/24/2018 at 5:03 PM

Kay, the Mayor is ultimately in charge of the project – the buck stops with him.

Dubois2 07/24/2018 at 7:55 PM

Who is the contractor for this project?

Kay 07/24/2018 at 8:56 PM

@17…’nuf said…agreed. I ask- where do we find these fools?

crd 07/25/2018 at 12:22 PM

I notice an ad here on CHPN for a pop-up farmer’s market AT the 17th St. farmers market for August 9. I take it that is not going to happen?

And as to who is responsible, I thought Enrichmond Foundation was in charge, not the city. Anyone got any information here?

Dubois2 07/25/2018 at 2:16 PM

@20, I would also like to know what the chain is… from the contractor, assuming the City is not trying to GC it themselves, on up.
Although I would add that running a project through enrichmond doesn’t absolve the mayor of his responsibility.

Kay 07/26/2018 at 7:25 PM

My heart goes out to the business owners in this area- their businesses are being devastated by the city’s incompetence and negligence.

Hopefully, they pull together and slap the city administration with a lawsuit to hold them accountable for this disaster. Stoney couldn’t manage his way out of a paper bag and we have this fool running the city. Good god!


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