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By Tom Smith
South Pittsburgh Reporter Editor 

Phase one of the Carrick Dairy District starts with groundbreaking for market


District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak kicks off the groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of the Dairy District, a new open air market on the corner of Brownsville Road and E. Meyer Street in Carrick.

With the turn of a dozen cow-themed shovels the Carrick Dairy District Open Market came one more step closer to reality at a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Oct. 15.

Since 2012 Economic Development South (EDS) has been working to create a destination shopping venue on Brownsville Road and the open market is the first segment. Located on a vacant lot at the corner of E. Meyers and Brownsville Road, the market will be across both streets from the Colteryahn Dairy, the beginning of the Dairy District.

They're working hard to make Carrick a destination and not just a pass through Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said of EDS in her opening remarks at the ceremony.

"For the first time in decades, Carrick is seeing investment in the community. We're restoring that culture of trust in the community," she said. "We're defining a place, we're creating a space for the community to enjoy and share, for neighbors to come together and celebrate and to learn and to buy some really cool stuff."

In the public visioning process, residents wanted the market to be a flexible space where people would be able to purchase local foods and socialize. The flexible space will be able to be used for a variety of events such as farmers' markets during the day and entertainment in the evenings.

The open market will utilize a concrete pad with a simple pavilion that will take the shape of the lot. It will have a 20ft. base with steel columns holding up the roof.

Residents asked for and received drinking fountains, bake parking, long benches and long tables in the design. In addition, there will be green space at the rear of the site which could be used by the community or for overflow should they get more vendors than the pavilion can accommodate.

The market is expected to be open next year.


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