Inside the Broad Street Market’s brick building in July

The Broad Street Market is inching closer towards a restoration and rebuild.

Harrisburg Communications Director Matt Maisel shared on Monday that the city soon will begin the search for an architect to design the rebuild of the market’s brick building, which caught fire in July.

For months, investigations by the city’s and each individual market vendor’s insurance companies have stymied the city from beginning the restoration process. Those investigations are finally wrapping up, Maisel said.

Now, Harrisburg will prepare to seek bids from architects for the project.

Last Tuesday, Harrisburg City Council discussed a resolution that would include moving $4.3 million that the city received in insurance funds for the brick building into its general fund to be used for the restoration. Another about $61,000 in insurance funds would be moved to the general fund for expenses relating to the city’s temporary location for market vendors. Council is slated to vote on the resolution at its Nov. 14 legislative session.

In August, council approved the use of $500,000 in initial insurance funds to assist with fire-related expenses, such as costs to secure the damaged building and for the lease of the temporary market structure.

Temporary structure for market vendors

The city is currently in the process of constructing a tent-like structure, which includes electricity and utilities, in the grassy lot across the street from the market. Once completed, it will house the displaced vendors. According to the city, the opening has taken longer than expected due to labor issues and unexpected delays for some critical parts.

According to the city, the rebuild of the brick market building will likely take around two years to complete.


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