All in favor? Absolutely. A public meeting on the Pybus Public Market brought out only positive comments.
What’s not to like about the Pybus Public Market?
Supporters sang its praises Thursday at a public meeting hosted by Port of Chelan County commissioners in the soon-to-be-renovated warehouse on Worthen Street in Wenatchee. A boon to the economy. A showcase for agriculture and ag-tourism. A downtown business partner. A home — finally — for the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. One speaker said the Pybus Public Market will provide Wenatchee with a much-needed “heart.”
The project is a partnership between the Port District and benefactors Mike and JoAnn Walker, who are contributing $2 million toward renovation of the old Morse Steel building into a year-round market for vendors of produce, baked goods, crafts and more. Architect Brad Brisbine ticked off the tenants and their wares which include desserts, ice cream, gelato, sandwiches, specialty nuts, pastries, cheeses, meats, fruit, kitchen gadgets and home decor, wine, martinis, metal works and crafts. All that will be inside the 25,000-square foot building. Farmers Market vendors will set up stalls outdoors.
Architects and engineers involved in the project emphasized sustainability as a key component. Runoff will be reclaimed and re-used on the site; no stormwater will go back into city drains. Metal from some parts of the building will be used to re-skin large sliding doors. The interior will remain as untouched as possible, with exposed beams and siding, but the exterior will change so the building can be insulated and wrapped for energy efficiency.
The first phase of construction is reroofing, scheduled to begin July 2. The second phase starts in September with structural bracing to fortify against wind and snow, and “re-skinning” of the shell. A third phase will focus on creating the interior spaces for tenants.
The market is scheduled to open in time for the Apple Blossom Festival in late April 2013.
Pybus Public Market at a glance (Wenatchee World)
Pybus market already full of tenant intentions (Wenatchee World)