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Saint John City Market Upgrade Project continues with new window installations

21-Jun-2017

The City is set to receive new windows as part of a major renovation project underway in the Saint John City Market. The existing windows in the Market are original to the facility and date back to 1876. Work to replace the frames and glass for each of the 42 windows within the main hall will begin with the first 21 along the South Side of the Market on Monday, June 26, 2017 and continue for the remaining windows throughout the facility until late this summer. To receive the first order of new windows this week, South Market Street will be closed for a three-hour period, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

City staff are working closely with Market Merchants to ensure that there are little to no disruptions to their operations while the work is underway. Patrons are encouraged to continue to visit the Market, Monday to Saturday during regular business hours. 

While the City does not anticipate the work to require any closures to the Market, notifications will be provided to the public if and when disruptions occur. As of today, visitors to the Market can expect to see some staging set up within the main hall, and will notice some work and noise overhead. 

The City Market Upgrade project began in 2016, and is expected to take three more years to complete. Phase one was completed in 2016 and included an $800,000 upgrade to the Market pedway for the design, build and installation of a new entrance, elevator, stairwell and escalator. Phase two includes the installation of new windows in the main hall. Additional phases of work will include the completion of renovations to the City Market Tower exterior and interior; HVAC and lighting upgrades; roof replacement for the main hall, and upgrades to the solarium seating area. 

The Saint John City Market is the oldest continuing farmer’s market in Canada, and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1986. All efforts to preserve the facility, under the $6.2 million City Market Upgrade Project, are being carried out in accordance with National and Provincial Heritage Permits and as per design standards identified by the City’s Heritage Officer. WorkSafeNB and the Provincial Department of Health have also been consulted. Funding for the project has been provided in equal parts by The City of Saint John, ACOA and the Province of New Brunswick. 

We thank citizens and visitors for their patience during this time, and look forward to unveiling the newly installed windows.

For more information, visit www.sjcitymarket.ca.