Farmers Market Study Set To Begin
December 12, 2010
By CHRIS TRAINOR
Greenwood, SC - The City of Greenwood and consultants Seamon Whiteside and Associates are preparing to begin the process of conducting a study and developing a master plan for a potential farmers market and railroad historical center experience in Uptown Greenwood.
Last month, city council approved the expenditure of $98,850 from the hospitality tax fund to hire the Seamon Whiteside firm, of Greenville, to put together a master plan on how to make a farmers market move into Uptown a reality.
The Greenwood County Farmers Market is currently located behind the old civic center, next to Legion Stadium. The market will continue to be in that location for the 2011 season.
Seamon Whiteside was one of 13 consultants from across the nation to bid on the farmers market study project. Greenwood city manager Charlie Barrineau said Seamon Whiteside received the highest internal score ranking based on the criteria in the city’s request for proposals.
The city manager said background work and analysis is set to begin this month, with meetings and the charrette process beginning in the early months of 2011. The city hopes to have a full report from Seamon Whiteside by the end of June 2011.
There are a number of groups and individuals who will be involved in assisting Seamon Whiteside develop its study, including the Greenwood Farmers Market board, Clemson Extension, farmers and vendors, farmers market customers and local residents, Uptown merchants, The Museum board, Greenwood City Council and Greenwood County Council, among others
Barrineau said participation by the farmers and the farmers market board is particularly critical.
“Their input is priority one,” the city manager said. “The market cannot be sustained without the long-term assistance and commitment of the farmers and market board.”
Barrineau and Mayor Welborn Adams have been expressing an interest in creating a farmers market/railroad historical center destination in Uptown for some time. The current railroad historical center is on South Main Street in Greenwood.
The city manager said he has visited numerous farmers markets that have sustained success in the downtown areas of their respective cities.
“Mayor Adams and I have visited a number of these markets together,” Barrineau said. “I have also taken a tour of some on my own. We have looked at Spartanburg’s Rail Center Market, Greenville’s Carolina First Saturday Market, Mount Pleasant’s Farmers Market Pavilion and Summerville’s Downtown Market. I am also planning to tour Aiken’s market.”
Seamon Whiteside and Associates is based in Greenville and was established in 1985. The firm has become known for providing innovative master planning and design solutions for its clients. In 2007, Urban Edge Studio was formed within Seamon Whiteside, for the purpose of providing specialized design services that focus on “sustainable urbanism.”
Meanwhile, DP3 Architects will be the architects on the project team. Seamon Whiteside has a long standing relationship with DP3, which has done work on projects including the Farmers Market Pavilion/Commerce Park Center in Fountain Inn, the Cultural Heritage Center in Fountain Inn and the Southern Railway Passenger Station in Clemson, among others.