Mayor Adrian Fenty and DC officials will cut the ribbon on the new Eastern Market tomorrow (Friday) at 10:30 am. The $22m renovation was completed just over two years after the market was destroyed in a fire in April 2007.
The development team - led by OPM, along with Quinn Evans Architects, the Minkoff Company, Keystone Plus Construction, FEI Construction and The Temple Group, led the construction efforts so that each of market's original vendors can return to their former locations in the building’s Southern Hall, while their temporary domicile across the street is repurposed for community use.
The new Eastern Market will feature, in a first for the 138-year-old building, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and separate men's and women’s restrooms, not to mention a newly-installed sprinkler system, with the hope that it will prevent the type of incident that led to the market’s shuttering for two plus years. Alas, it just won't seem the same without Michael Jackson.
Another celebration will be held on Saturday, June 27th along an improved 7th Street streetscape, which will be open to traffic Monday through Friday, but closed on weekends for pedestrian use.