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Meeting today regarding proposed market site on Nichols Street

While the Nichols Street site is commonly referred to as the ‘permanent farmers market site,’ a farmers market is only one component. The former Friday Harbor Electric site will have green space larger than the Sunken Park lawn, an outdoor performance stage, and an outdoor market area. Architect David Waldron describes it as ‘part small park and part town square.’ This rendering looks at the revitalized site from Sunshine Alley.  - Architect David Waldron
While the Nichols Street site is commonly referred to as the ‘permanent farmers market site,’ a farmers market is only one component. The former Friday Harbor Electric site will have green space larger than the Sunken Park lawn, an outdoor performance stage, and an outdoor market area. Architect David Waldron describes it as ‘part small park and part town square.’ This rendering looks at the revitalized site from Sunshine Alley.
— image credit: Architect David Waldron

A special presentation by Lovel Pratt and Cathaleen Cavanagh on the proposed permanent farmers market site is scheduled tonight at 6 at Earthbox Hotel conference room, 410 Spring St., Building B, Friday Harbor. Call 378-5240 or visit chamber@sanjuanisland.org.

The San Juan Agricultural Guild proposes buying the former Friday Harbor Electric site on Nichols Street for a year-round farmers market, as well as other uses — what architect David Waldron calls "part small park and part town square." The San Juan County Land Bank would fund half the purchase; the Ag Guild has asked the town to fund the other half — about $400,000 — using lodging tax funds that are collected for tourism-related facilities.

Nov. 11, the town Lodging Tax Advisory Committee declined to take a stand on the project, but will recommend to the Town Council that criteria and a process be developed by which lodging taxes would be awarded. The town collects two lodging taxes, each 2 percent — one for tourism-related facilities, the other for tourism promotion. The town LTAC has criteria and a process it goes by to award tourism-promotion funds.

The LTAC's concern: That the awarding of tourism-facilities funding be objective and fair, and that any project that applies for funding qualify according to the law: The funds must be used for a tourism-related purpose. Some town officials are concerned that a permanent farmers market will not be considered by the state to be a tourism draw, but believe that a mixed-use site — with performance area and an interpretive center — would.

READ ARCHITECT DAVID WALDRON'S COLUMN ON THE PROJECT

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