PARKVILLE, Mo. — After being struck by two trucks last year, the City of Parkville is hoping to move forward with the demolition and removal of the damaged Farmers Market structure.
Both incidents caused significant damage to the entire building.
The City of Parkville has been in negotiations with the insurance claims for both trucking companies.
Last week, the city came to an agreement to receive a total of $455,306. On Tuesday, April 18, the Parkville Board of Aldermen will vote on the demolition of the existing structure with a tentative start date for removal of Wednesday, April 19.
“They’ll be able to get the structure down. They won’t be able to take out concrete pedestal bases yet. That will come as a second part — a second feature. That will probably be done within the next 30 days,” Parkville City Administrator Alexa Barton said. “We would love to have it finished by the fall. We know this season isn’t going to happen.”
Barton said most likely, they’ll start construction in the fall and have it complete for next year’s season.
The city said the next steps will be to review options and costs, research grant opportunities and develop a plan for the new structure.
“We’re very anxious to get this down. It’s been kind of a long struggle to come to terms on the claims. We and the insurance companies had a different view of the building,” Parkville Mayor Dean Katerndahl said. “Now we know how much money we’ll have. It will take more than that to build it back like this, let alone.”
The mayor said they’d like a newer up-to-date modern farmer’s market.
John Yates, who works at Parkville Trading Post, a neighboring business said they get a lot of people from the farmers market.
“It’s important for the town to have something going on,” he said. “We get customers from it. All the shops do. The coffee shop next door gets a lot of people who come over for coffee and donuts. Farmers can share their fresh products.”
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The first Farmers Market is set to open Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. until noon in the downtown parking lot.