What started as a dream for a few community members soon became a reality, thanks to the leadership of Grand Action, the planning and consulting of Ted Spitzer, and the design implementation by Hugh A. Boyd Architects.
You can read on to learn more, or watch our video below, The Story Behind the Downtown Market.
The Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local produce. Our indoor facility features a 24-vendor market hall, while dozens of farmers and artisans line our outdoor farmer's market shed. We offer several exceptional spaces throughout the site, including rentable incubator kitchens, rooftop greenhouses, and the nation’s first demonstration kitchen for kids (you have to see it to believe it). The Market is set to be LEED-certified (also the first in the nation), features a green roof, live walls, geotherm wells, rain gardens, and plenty of other innovative sustainable features.
We wanted our Market’s location to serve as a focal point within the city while revitalizing a previously neglected area. The Market continues to spark redevelopment of nearby properties while reintroducing community neighbors to a once underutilized Grand Rapids locale.
Downtown Market, Inc. operates the Market. Its board members include leaders from the local business, government and nonprofit sectors.