Reno Council OKs Urban Market Agreement

The Reno City Council has approved an agreement to establish an urban market in downtown Reno.

The market eventually would include one or more indoor restaurants, a gourmet food market, arts and crafts, meat, cheese and produce, officials said.

Several locations are being considered under the agreement with the Nevada Certified Farmers Market Association.

Ann Louhela, representing the farmers association, said an outdoors market should open this summer with indoor stores and restaurants being phased in later.

The agreement says the redevelopment agency and farmers group would choose the site together. Business hours and financial help from the city would be discussed.

Councilman Dave Aiazzi said the market would help the city live up to its green priorities by providing a market for farmers to sell produce and other goods.

City Manager Charles McNeely said the market could supply much of the groceries needed by new and future tenants of downtown condominium projects, about 2,300 units in the works.

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