DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Gem City Market is getting closer to becoming a reality in West Dayton and people will have an opportunity to weigh-in on the market’s design.
Wednesday was the first opportunity to meet with the market architect. But don’t worry, you still have time to give your opinions and talk with them.
This Saturday, you can stop by the Northwest Branch of the Dayton Library between 10:30 am-1:30 pm to talk with market organizers.
“Drop in. Talk to us. Hopefully we can give you a flavor of where we are with the design,” said Mat Sauer, an architect with Gem City Market.
Saur grew up in the area and is excited to be involved in the project.
“I grew up on the Salem Avenue corridor and I’ve been watching the area change over the last 40 years. It’s really incredible to be part of this group with so much energy and support behind it,” said Saur.
Organizers will tell you energy and support is needed to steer the ship in West Dayton. People lack access to food, making it the second largest food desert in the country.
Gem City Market is a grassroots movement by the community and they want your help.
“We are taking into account handicap accessibility to make sure we are taking into account any special needs. It could be someone who just wants to see bread at the front of the store. Who knows,” said Kenya Baker, Community Engagement Director for Gem City Market.
The market has sold more than 1,700 memberships and has raised 2.5 million dollars. They hope to break ground next spring.
“What I want the community to know is that we need you. We need each and every one of you. All 57,000 of you,” said Baker.
In all, it’s a 4.2 million dollar project.
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The Northwest Branch of Dayton Library is located at 2410 Philadelphia Dr, Dayton, OH 45406.
We will update you on any future news from Gem City Market.