Statement from the City of Cleveland Regarding the West Side Market

Friday, July 6, 2018

CLEVELAND – The West Side Market is an iconic facility, built more than 106 years ago. As with many historic structures, it requires ongoing maintenance and upgrades to align with today’s building standards. The City of Cleveland carefully oversees the facility and over the past 5 years has made more than $5.3 million in capital repairs. Repairs are made on a critical-first basis according to the allotted annual capital budget. Recent repairs include the installation of new boilers, new electrical systems, a new parking lot, roof repairs, new cooling systems and more. Although the business model of the market dictates it should be a self-sustaining facility, the City continues to assist vendors through rent relief, subsidies and other means of assistance.

The market –built in 1912 – has never had, nor does it currently maintain a heating or air conditioning system. Instead the roof-top exhaust assists with air circulation. Current repairs to the system are extensive and require a detailed examination of the equipment. It extends beyond simply “hooking up” the equipment. City inspectors visited the market Thursday to assess the system and will return Friday to continue assessments and begin repairs. Also, the City is adjusting its internal process to electronically track needed repairs. We have already begun an assessment of all capital systems. Additionally, new working relationships with merchant leadership will help examine and ensure the functionality of these systems.

The West Side Market is intended to be a self-sustaining enterprise. However, the City can and will make every effort to assist vendors in making it a welcoming place for both merchants and visitors.

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