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 COVID-19 Response for Saskatoon Residents

On March 19, 2020, the City decided to close public access to City Hall and all City buildings, including fire stations, leisure facilities, attractions and Saskatoon Public Library locations. While we are closed to the public, our business operations continue to ensure core services for our residents as much as possible. Public transit currently remains operational.

Farmers’ Market Building at River Landing

Background

  • City Council has a vision to expand the use and appeal of the Farmers’ Market Building; the direction the City is pursuing is to fully utilize this community asset and animate the facility for six or more days a week including a farmers’ market component.  
  • The Farmers' Market Building is a City owned asset within River Landing. The River Landing Concept Plan calls for a farmers' market component at the site, along with other animation features to make this area a year round destination.

2019 Request for Proposal for the Lease of the Farmers’ Market Building

  • The lease with the previous tenant expired on December 31, 2019.
  • City Council directed the Administration to find a tenant who will fully utilize this community asset and animate the facility for six or more days a week, including a minimum of two days dedicated to a farmers’ market component with a focus on local produce and content.
  • A Request for Proposal (RFP) was released on November and closed late December 2019.
  • A team of City staff from departments relevant to the project evaluated the submissions. The team made its evaluation based on criteria outlined in the RFP and how closely a proposal met those criteria.
  • The City is in negotiations with the highest ranked proponent, but cannot yet speak publicly about any details; business discussions are ongoing and confidential.
  • The overall RFP process has been overseen by an external Fairness Monitor.
  • City Council and the community will be informed of who the future tenant will be once discussions conclude, anticipated for later this spring.

Farmers’ Market Building Roof Repairs

  • In February 2019, it was discovered that significant repairs were needed to the roof of the Farmers’ Market Building.
  • Through a separate RFP process, the City hired an expert to determine the best type of roof system to be installed on the Farmers’ Market Building.  The expert prepared a tender package to hire a roofing contractor to repair the roof. This RFQ/Tender Package was released on SaskTenders on February 12, 2020 and closed on February 27, 2020.
  • The City aims to have the roofing contractor in place within the next few weeks. Dependent on weather and the contractor’s schedule, the work is expected to happen between May and June.
  • The work will require a full closure of the building, but will not affect the potential of an outdoor farmers’ market in 2020 in Market Square.

Outdoor Market on Market Square

  • During discussions with City Council in 2019, Administration committed to ensuring that Market Square would be animated with an outdoor farmers’ market in 2020. 
  • The City has received an application through its regular booking process for Market Square, to be used for a farmers’ market as an extension of the adjacent annual Street Stall Saturdays.
  • As there is no building tenant at this time, the City has approved this application, as an interim initiative, in order to meet the commitment to City Council. It is anticipated to run May to September.

Frequently Asked Questions​

How many Proposals were received as part of the 2019 RFP for the Lease of the Farmers’ Market Building?

The City is in negotiations with the highest ranked proponent of the RFP and the results will become public knowledge upon Contract award.

When will the future tenant be offered the lease?

The City is in negotiations with the highest ranked proponent of the RFP and the results will become public knowledge upon Contract award.

Is the future arena going to be located at this site?

There are two vacant parcels of land in the vicinity of the Farmers’ Market Building (currently temporary parking lots).  Since the City owns the parcels, they are being evaluated as a potential site for a new arena and/or convention centre as part of the Downtown Entertainment District.  There are also a number of other sites around the Downtown that are being evaluated as potential sites.  It is expected that the preferred arena location be presented to City Council in 2020, however future construction is some years away.

Will the City rent the Farmers’ Market Building prior to selecting a new tenant?

The City has not chosen a new tenant for the building, so until that time, we cannot rent out the building as we do not know what their plans for it might be.

 
The Farmers’ Market Building Update Report on the Monday, September 30, 2019 City Council Agenda - Regular Business Meeting can be found here.
 
History of the Farmers' Market Building